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Vol 62 No 6

Published 18th March 2021

Burkina Faso

Blaise plots comeback

The former dictator is testing the water for a possible return home, but there is a lot to forgive before that can happen

Blaise Compaoré, ousted by mass protests in 2014 after he sought a fifth term as president, celebrated his 70th birthday on 3 February in his palatial villa in exile in Abidjan. A short video on social media showed his friends singing 'joyeux anniversaire' as he struggles to clap along, looking frail and spent, a pale shadow of the energetic strongman who ruled Burkina Faso for 27 years.

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