Burkina Faso groups unite for coalition

Ouagadougou - Fifteen opposition parties in the poor West African country of Burkina Faso on Thursday formed a coalition to fight any constitutional changes aimed at extending longtime President Blaise Compaore's rule.

The parties joining the Article 37 coalition, named after a 2000 constitutional amendment limiting the president's term to two mandates, said they would "use all means" to fight efforts to tamper with the constitution.

The head of the body's provisional committee, Issa Tiendrebeogo, accused the presidential camp of trying to make Compaore ruler for life.

Compaore, 59, who has been in power since 1987, was elected in 1991 and re-elected in 1998 and 2005.

According to the present constitution he can stand in the next election due in November as the 2000 law does not take into account his previous mandates. - Sapa-AFP

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