Now is when it gets Borgia-like, right? Everyone has known for years that the slow but steady growth of Burkina Faso for last 15 years could vanish in a puff of smoke and a lot of broken windows, in three days of rioting. I hope so much that Burkina doesn’t go down the Mali/Guinea/Cote d’Ivoire/Liberia/Sierra Leone/Guinea-Bissau/Togo route. Hmm… what are the odds? Well, Burkina Faso has reasonably good “traditional” institutions, has a well-deserved reputation for ethnic and religious tolerance, has an optimistic youth population, and has a lot of friendly donor countries. So maybe things will come out OK.
PS. Just for the record. It has been a good rainfall year. October-Nov is not a “hot” month in Ouagadougou. Rain and heat did not cause this popular uprising. Clear?