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Vol 54 No 10

Published 10th May 2013

Burkina Faso

Keeping up with the Compaorés

The President’s control of national politics may be sure and his international backing stronger than ever but his succession strategy is risky

President Blaise Compaoré must leave office by the end of 2015, when his constitutional term of office ends. Yet he and his brother François, his sister Antoinette and the clan of friends and relations who run and own Burkina Faso have no intention of retiring. The President and his entourage are pondering their options for staying in power and maintaining political influence, although all carry serious risks.

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