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Vol 61 No 18

Published 10th September 2020

Burkina Faso

Parties campaign as jihadists advance

The election contest is a lively affair between elite rivals but none of them has a clear plan to defeat the armed insurgents that have cut across the country

Burkina Faso is holding presidential and parliamentary elections on 22 November, although many parts of the country are unlikely to participate because the safety of polling booths cannot be guaranteed. In spite of the existential threat to the state and the nation, the candidates have little to say about what to do about the jihadist problem and line up uncritically behind the security forces.

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