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Vol 59 No 1

Published 12th January 2018


Burkina Faso

Splits and fusions

A weak President and gaffe-prone ministers seem ill-equipped to tackle pressing issues of regional instability and economic stagnation

Security minister Simon Compaoré's latest performance was anything but impressive. He was filmed, late one October night, brandishing a Kalashnikov in the house of Ladji Coulibaly, a member of the opposition in the Assemblée nationale, and wearing a bullet-proof vest. He told Coulibaly he was there to protect him and his family and that a special police force would be along soon. One of Coulibaly's children filmed the scene, the video landed on Facebook, and moments later he was the laughing stock of the nation's internet-users.

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