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Vol 63 No 15

Published 21st July 2022

Burkina Faso

Compaoré's return baffles nation

The junta invited the ousted dictator back to the capital, defying court verdicts and enraging the public. But some of the elite still have time for him

Looking frail and disoriented, Blaise Compaoré returned to Ouagadougou on 7 July for the first time since a popular revolt eight years ago swept him out of power and into exile in Côte d'Ivoire, where he has been based ever since. For most of this time, Burkina Faso has pondered whether to imprison him for involvement in the murder of the national hero, Thomas Sankara, or allow him to return and fade away in a rural retreat.

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