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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Population: 17.42 mn.
GDP: $13.4 bn.
Debt: $2.56 bn.

After almost three decades of autocratic rule under Blaise Compaoré, this is transition year.  His presidential guard remains a menacing presence presence that most Burkinabès want to see the back of and then there are the machinations of the former President himself, all of which requires deft hands.

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Between street and barracks

The country prepares for a democratic dawn at the October elections but stubborn soldiers want their privileges guaranteed

The mass movement that toppled President Blaise Compaoré last October is at increasing odds with the Régiment de sécurité présidentielle (RSP, AC...

Watching the dust settle

Filling the vacuum left by Compaoré’s long presidency will dominate the year ahead: the mass movement that ousted him will be on high alert

Dismantling the political and economic system built around ex-President Blaise Compaoré is political, military and economic. Politically, the transition is about preparing t...

Truth and reconciliation

Early in his new job, Interim Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida sprang two surprises. The first was the 26 November announcement that the enquiry would be reopened into the death o...

Pressure mounts on Zida

The public is unhappy with Compaoré’s replacement by one of his Praetorians and many fear for the fate of their revolution

In the immediate aftermath of the overthrow of President Blaise Compaoré last week, no one knew who was in charge. Gradually, towards the end of the country’s most tur...

The warning from Ouagadougou

The overthrow of Blaise Compaoré sends a powerful message from the street to other leaders planning to extend their rule

One of Africa's canniest operators, Blaise Compaoré, was forced out of power on 31 October as over 100,000 protestors in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso demanded his exit. Un...

The knock-out stage

First it was President Blaise Compaoré's opponents who filled up the 35,000-capacity Stade du 4 Aôut in Ouagadougo on 31 May, and then it was the ruling Congrès...

Tight spot for Blaise

Compaoré is running out of options. If he stays on, mass protests will continue but if he leaves, he may lose his money and could face trial

President Blaise Compaoré is in growing political difficulty. Mass protests greet any attempt to prolong his rule, something he would attempt by amending Article 37 of the C...

Blaise wants compromise

The three main defectors from President Blaise Compaoré’s ruling Congrès pour la démocratie et le progrès (CDP) launched their own political party...

Rising up against Compaoré

Mass demonstrations and party defections signal that 26 years of Compaoré are enough for many people in Burkina but will it be enough to unseat him?

Tens – the opposition says hundreds – of thousands of people took to the streets of the capital and other towns over the weekend in the biggest protests for years again...

Keeping up with the Compaorés

The President’s control of national politics may be sure and his international backing stronger than ever but his succession strategy is risky

President Blaise Compaoré must leave office by the end of 2015, when his constitutional term of office ends. Yet he and his brother François, his sister Antoinette and the clan of ...

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