The government of Greece has gone back to the people for consultation after acknowledging its limitation and inability to meet its electoral promises. It does not want to continue to govern on a false mandate. The people may return it under a renewed mandate or select those who would proceed to fulfil the original mandate. This is a manifestation of political honesty.

Burkina Faso is also faced with a crisis in its transitional process. The lesson is clear. People do not develop society just as they please. The conditions inherited following change do provide possibilities to and impose limitation on stakeholders which should be understood and considered in decision making on transitional programmes. Idealism must be tempered by realism in any transition programme.

In Burkina Faso, excluding people before any court action has been taken to make them culpable for any crime has transformed the transitional administration into a faction instead of a symbol for national conciliation and inclusiveness.

The different interest groups are therefore beginning to protect them. A transition should be inclusive. Transitional governments are not elected to implement a programme but appointed to facilitate the future establishment of a government that has the duty to govern as dictated by the electorate.


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