Burkina committee stands by controversial Senate

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Despite large-scale protests against Burkina Faso's proposed new senate, a committee charged with reviewing the plan for the new legislative body concluded that the government should go ahead.

The 25-member committee said in its final report that they agree with setting up the new senate, but suggest the body should be reduced from 89 to 71 senators, of which 20 will be appointed by the president instead of 29. It means he would control 28 percent of the seats instead of 32 percent.

The committee was created by President Blaise Compaore after mass protests against the new body in July. Critics claim the senate will be used to change the country's term limits, in order to allow Compaore to run once his last term expires in 2015.