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Vol 55 No 7

Published 4th April 2014

Burkina Faso

Tight spot for Blaise

Compaoré is running out of options. If he stays on, mass protests will continue but if he leaves, he may lose his money and could face trial

President Blaise Compaoré is in growing political difficulty. Mass protests greet any attempt to prolong his rule, something he would attempt by amending Article 37 of the Constitution to permit him another term of office (AC Vol 55 No 3, Blaise wants a compromise). Yet if he were to resign, he could not guarantee that he, his friends and family would not be prosecuted on charges of defrauding the state and illicit enrichment during his 27 years in power. Even exile to a friendly country is being considered but the number of candidates is falling fast.

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