"Parliament has been set on fire," read Mishka vom Dorp's note. In Burkina Faso, protesters wanting to prevent President Blaise Compaoré from serving another term had stormed the Parliament and set it ablaze. I was unfamiliar with the political landscape in Burkina Faso before the news broke out. I learned that Compaoré had seized power in 1987 and retained it for 27 years. How should we feel about the news? For miners and exploration companies, stability is perhaps the single most important consideration to doing business in any country. Investors hate uncertainty - even if that means sticking with the devil they know over the one they don't know. We've seen new leaders come in and eviscerate the prospects for mining in their countries - like Rafael Correa in Ecuador or Cristina Kirchner in Argentina. We've discussed here that countries often can't leave good enough alone. Mineral deposits are juicy targets for taxation because they cannot be moved to another country. "The mining industry and investors prefer stability to almost anything else that the government can provide - that means they'd mostly have preferred for Compaoré to remain in power for another term," said Neil Adshead, one of our head economic geologists. Many companies operating in Burkina Faso saw their share prices drop on the news of the unrest. From Monday October 27 to Friday October 31, Roxgold Inc. fell from C$0.69 to C$0.51, a 26% drop.1 Orezone Gold Corp. fell 28% in the same timeframe and kept going lower.2 Orbis Gold Ltd. fell 23%.3 SEMAFO Inc. fell 28%.4 True Gold Mining Inc. also fell 28%.5 We have conducted in-country due diligence on several of these companies, in particular Roxgold,Orezone, and Orbis, we well as Golden Rim Resources Ltd. "Burkina Faso is one of the better countries in West Africa for mining. My view is that it will come through with a resolution to the political issue," Neil continued. "It's not a long-standing tribal or religious dispute."