Burkina Faso. The ruling party, the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP), received a majority of votes in the May 6 parliamentary elections. The CDP took home 73 of the 111 seats in the National Assembly, a sharp increase compared to the 2002 election when the party received 57 seats. The turnout was 56 percent. As many as 47 parties lined up, of which 13 got seats in parliament.
According to CountryAAH, Ouagadougou is the capital city of Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso, like a number of other West African countries, suffered severe flooding in August – October. At least 51 people died and 76 were injured. In total, more than 90,000 people were affected by the floods, according to government estimates. Of these, 28,000 had become homeless.
In addition, cultivations, houses, roads and bridges were destroyed. At the end of October, the UN appealed for $ 6 million in emergency aid to the country.
Burkina Faso is subject to a tropical climate, which is primarily influenced by the interaction of the West African monsoons and the trade wind Harmattan, which gives the regions of the country a different length but distinct division into dry and rainy seasons.
The north of the country protrudes into the Sahel zone. Here the desert is on the rise. The main rainfall occurs in summer. The precipitation decreases from south to north. In winter, the hot, dry harmattan blows from the Sahara.
Best travel time
Since some parts of the country are hardly accessible during the rainy season due to flooding, the rain-free and not yet very hot months from December to February are considered the best travel time.
Burkina Faso – Ouagadougou
Ouagadougou, Wagadugu, capital of Burkina Faso; 2. 5 million residents (2019). Ouagadougou, which is the country’s largest city, is the center of administration and trade as well as transport hub with international airport and railway to Abidjan. The city’s industry includes, among other things, the textile industry and the brewery. In Ouagadougou there are universities (founded in 1969), and the city hosts a Pan-African Film Festival, which has in principle been held every two years since 1969.
Ouagadougou, from the 15th century royal residence in the moss kingdom of Ouagadougou, was incorporated in 1896 with the French colonial empire. It was 1918–32 and again in 1947 became the capital of Upper Volta (today’s Burkina Faso).