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Vol 50 No 22

Published 6th November 2009

Burkina Faso

To catch a thief

The choice of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaoré as chief mediator in Guinea's worsening crisis is curious, given that the Burkinabé leader, in league with Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, had been plotting against the previous Guinean regime under Lieutenant General Lansana Conté: many of Conté's senior officers now serve Captain Moussa Dadis Camara's regime. In particular, Compaoré and Taylor were backing Guinean oppositionist Alpha Condé and his Rassemblement du Peuple de Guinée, which remain influential.

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