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Vol 65 No 14

Published 5th July 2024

Burkina Faso

The juntas dig in as instability worsens

Burkina’s leader Captain Traoré wants five more years in power but his army is losing badly against the jihadis

The standing of Burkina Faso’s transitional leader Captain Ibrahim Traoré, who seized power in September, has hit a new low. But public opinion is the least of his woes. Traoré’s latest popularity dip started with a Burkinabè ‘national assizes’ meeting adopting a charter authorising the junta to extend its stay in power by a further five years.

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