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New Burkina opposition coalition slams 'pariah' status

Eight opposition groups including the party of Burkina Faso’s ousted strongman Blaise Compaore formed a “reconciliation coalition” on Sunday and accused authorities in the west African nation of treating rivals as pariahs. Meeting in the capital Ouagadougou almost two years to the day since the fall of Compaore, who was driven from power in a popular uprising after 27 years, the grouping said it sought dialogue and better social cohesion a year after an abortive coup. The “Coalition for Democracy and National Reconciliation” (CODER), groups a number of political groupings including Compaore’s Congress for Democracy and Progress.

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