Burkina Faso. In January, the National Assembly adopted a
number of constitutional changes. These included the repeal
of the rules that hitherto limited the president's
eligibility to two seven-year terms. The opposition opposed
this because it viewed the measure as an attempt to extend
the incumbent President Blaise Compaore's reign.
Furthermore, it was decided to increase the number of
members of the National Assembly from 107 to 111.
Countryaah, general elections were held on May 11. President Blaise
Compaoré's ruling Social Democratic Party The Congress for
Democracy and Le Progress (CDP) increased its majority by
winning 97 of the 111 seats. Compaoré appointed a new
government where Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo retained the Prime
Minister's post, which also allowed several of the old
government's other ministers to hold office.
In March, a military exercise was held in Burkina Faso,
which in addition to the host country included Benin, Togo
and France. Over 4,000 soldiers participated in the
exercise, which was part of a military agreement between the
three participating African states and the former colonial
power of France.