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Burkina Faso

Blaise Compaoré

Date of Birth: 3/2/1951
Place of Birth: Ouagadougou


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Frankly undermined

But after long-term leader Blaise Compaoré was overthrown in 2014, the new government halted Timis's export licence, citing concerns around a $10 mn...


New jihadist alliance strikes

Most eyes were on the alleged – reportedly reluctant – coup leader, General Gilbert Diendéré, the military pillar of the government of ex-President Blaise Compaoré, deposed in a popular uprising in October 2014...

Diendéré led Blaise Compaoré's elite Régiment de sécurité présidentielle (RSP) presidential guard, which doubled as a link between the Burkinabè ruling elite and various armed groups in West Africa, including Charles Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia, Guillaume Soro's Forces nouvelles in Côte d'Ivoire, and Sahelian groupings ranging from bands of smugglers and kidnappers to jihadists...

They may serve to warn the current government, which is run by two of Blaise Compaoré's former friends – President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and Simon Compaoré, now Minister of State at the Presidency – not to take this justice business too far...

Nobody argues any longer that Blaise Compaoré guaranteed law and order and longs for his return (AC Vol 58 No 19, Own goal in Ouaga...


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Wanted: change and security

He will, however, ignore the calls for change at his peril: if he does, he may find himself removed by the street, as happened to one of his predecessors, Moussa Traoré, in 1991 and more recently to Blaise Compaoré in Burkina Faso in 2014...


Splits and fusions

Former President Blaise Compaoré has been in the Ivorian city since being ousted in October 2014 (AC Vol 57 No 2, Blaming Blaise & Vol 57 No 5, Blaise the Ivorian)...

His high representative – an ill-defined new post – is Chérif Moumina Sy, the former head of the National Transitional Council that governed Burkina Faso after Blaise Compaoré's departure and also founder of the opposition weekly Bendré, and the human rights activist Mathias Tankoano is his law and order adviser...

A movement with little structure beyond that of the former ruling Congrès pour la démocratie et le progrès (CDP) of the exiled Blaise Compaoré, upon which it heavily relies, the MPP is widely considered to be too weak to survive...


Macron woos Ouaga

Asked whether he was going to 'put François Compaoré [the brother of ousted President Blaise Compaoré] on an Air France plane', he replied that he'd do what he could but it was up to the French justice system...


Own goal in Ouaga?

One only slightly-more credible theory laid the atrocity at the door of deposed President Blaise Compaoré, who was forced out of office in October 2014...


High Court, high drama

All the lawyers defending 34 ministers in ex-President Blaise Compaoré's last government have walked out after challenging the legitimacy of the Ouagadougou court...


More progress, less movement

New bureauCompleting the praesidium are former Shell Oil employee Issa Dominique Konaté, a Foreign Minister under ex-President Blaise Compaoré and an MPP Campaign Manager, plus Rakieta Yaméogo, who was Secretary for Women and Gender, and Moussa Boly, who in 2014 merged his Convention nationale pour le progrès du Burkina with the MPP...

They are more likely to see the hand of ex-President Blaise Compaoré in the government's inability to improve matters than in dark foreign conspiracies...


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