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Vol 40 No 20

Published 8th October 1999

Burkina Faso


One death too many has left Compaoré's regime in a deep hole. It intends to escape

The government talks of 'national reconciliation'; its critics put it another way, saying that President Blaise Compaoré's regime wants to wipe away its bloodstained image. Now everyone is awaiting the speech which Compaoré is due to make by 15 October, the twelfth anniversary of his taking power after supporters of his murdered Captain Thomas Sankara. This speech is intended to end the anxieties of the past year, whose symbol is the murder of a journalist last December, apparently by members of Presidential Guard.

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