Burkina Faso to form special anti-corruption courts

Burkina Faso government plans to create special courts to fight against corruption, a scourge that has ravaged the economy of this poor West African country.

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“The cabinet has discussed a law on creation, composition, organization and functioning of the judicial courts specialised in fighting against economic and financial crimes,” a statement issued after Thursday’s cabinet meeting said.

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Estimates by the World Bank show that Burkina Faso loses a lot of financial resources through corruption, yet the country is still ranked among the poorest in the world.

Over half of Burkina Faso’s 18 million people live on less than one U.S. dollar per day. Studies conducted in the last five years have shown that majority of Burkinabes believe corruption is widespread in the country.

Some of the departments perceived by most Burkinabes as being very corrupt include customs, police, judiciary and tax authority.

To fight against this phenomenon that is considered as “criminal” by the authorities, the transition government that succeeded the regime of deposed President Blaise Compaore, took several measures such as adoption of laws to prevent and fight against corruption as well as reinforcement of judiciary’s independence. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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