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Vol 46 No 24

Published 2nd December 2005

Burkina Faso

Strong boss, weaker party

There is no challenger to President Blaise Compaoré's dominance of Burkina Faso's politics. If he chooses in 2010, he may amend Article 37 (2000) of the constitution and give himself a third presidential term. He had already served two terms by the time of this month's election but the Constitutional Court ruled that the limit should not apply retrospectively. He might even outlast his long-time mentor, Libya's Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi.

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