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Vol 55 No 22

Published 7th November 2014

Burkina Faso

The warning from Ouagadougou

The overthrow of Blaise Compaoré sends a powerful message from the street to other leaders planning to extend their rule

One of Africa's canniest operators, Blaise Compaoré, was forced out of power on 31 October as over 100,000 protestors in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso demanded his exit. Unable to trust anyone to protect him from prosecution after 27 years of corrupt and brutal rule, Compaoré had gambled on his ability to persuade the political class and his presidential guard to back him for another term in office.

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