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Vol 60 No 11

Published 31st May 2019

Burkina Faso

Between Blaise and jihad

Party manoeuvring for elections in 2020 coexists with intercommunal slaughter in rural areas. Then the deposed president turns up

While the jihadists register notable successes and violence increases, attention begins to turn towards the conventional politicians and what they can offer the people in the elections of 2020. So much uncertainty reigns that the despised dictator, Blaise Compaoré, chased out of the country by mass protests only five years ago, is offering himself as a mediator in its travails.

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