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BURKINA FASO
Assemblée nationale (National Assembly)
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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parlement / Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 29 November 2015
Purpose of elections The People's Movement for Progress (MPP, see note), led by Mr. Roch Kaboré, came first with 55 seats but did not take an outright majority in the 127-member National Assembly. The Union for Progress and Reform (UPC), led by former Finance Minister Zéphirin Diabré, came second; followed by the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP), the former ruling party, now led by Mr. Eddie Komboïgo. Eleven other parties won fewer than five seats each. Mr. Kaboré won the presidential elections. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on the economy, healthcare, education and agriculture, and promised to fight corruption.

The elections followed a military coup in October 2014 and a foiled coup attempt in September 2015. The 2014 coup was triggered by President Blaise Compaore's attempt to seek a new presidential term. On 30 October, violent street protests prevented the National Assembly from voting on constitutional amendments to lift the two-term presidential term limit. Later the same day, the Army dissolved the government and the National Assembly. In November 2014 the army, political parties and civil society leaders agreed on the formation of a transitional government for a period of one year and the organization of presidential and parliamentary elections by November 2015. Despite numerous political, institutional and logistical challenges throughout 2015, including a coup attempt by an elite army unit, elections were able to take place on schedule.

On 29 December, Mr. Kaboré was sworn in and became the first President since 1966 who did not have an association with a military coup. On 30 December, the newly-elected National Assembly was sworn in, thereby officially ending the transitional period that started in November 2014.

Note:
The MPP was formed by Mr. Kaboré and over 75 members of the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) in January 2014. The MPP and the UPC (formed by former CDP member, Mr. Diabré, in 2010) opposed the proposed 2014 constitutional amendments. Following the 2014 coup, both parties supported reforming the electoral code so that supporters of former President Compaoré and the CDP would be barred from running in the 2015 elections.
Date of previous elections: 2 December 2012

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 30 October 2014*
*The date of dissolution of the previous National Assembly by a coup.

Timing of election:Not applicable.*
*The elections to the National Assembly, dissolved in 2014, were due by 2017.

Expected date of next elections: November – December 2020

Number of seats at stake: 127 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 6,944 (4,870 men, 2,074 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 29.9%

Number of parties contesting the election: 99

Number of parties winning seats: 14

Alternation of power: not applicable*
*The former government ousted by the 2014 coup.

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 30 December 2015

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Salif Diallo (People's Movement for Progress, MPP)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 129 November 2015
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
5'517'015
3'317'193 (60.13%)

Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
People's Movement for Progress (MPP)
Union for Progress and Change (UPC)
Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP)
Union for Rebirth / Sankarist Party (UNIR/PS)
Alliance for Democracy and Federation - African Democratic Rally (ADF-RDA)
New Era for Democracy (NTD)
National Rebirth Party (PAREN)
New Alliance of Faso (NAFA)
Union for a New Burkina (UBN)
Movement for Democracy in Africa (M.D.A.)
Organisation for Democracy and Work (O.D.T.)
Alternative Faso
Party for Democracy and Socialism-Builders' Party (PDS/METBA)
Rally for Democracy and Socialism (RDS)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
People's Movement for Progress (MPP) 55
Union for Progress and Change (UPC) 33
Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) 18
Union for Rebirth / Sankarist Party (UNIR/PS) 5
Alliance for Democracy and Federation - African Democratic Rally (ADF-RDA) 3
New Era for Democracy (NTD) 3
National Rebirth Party (PAREN) 2
New Alliance of Faso (NAFA) 2
Union for a New Burkina (UBN) 1
Movement for Democracy in Africa (M.D.A.) 1
Organisation for Democracy and Work (O.D.T.) 1
Alternative Faso 1
Party for Democracy and Socialism-Builders' Party (PDS/METBA) 1
Rally for Democracy and Socialism (RDS) 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
115
12
9.45%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Preliminary results.

Sources:
National Assembly (11.12.2015)
http://www.ceni.bf/

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