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Burkina Faso

Blaise Compaoré

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


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Soro has phone trouble

Some of the calls were to Djibril Yipènè Bassolé a Burkinabè Gendarmerie General Foreign Minister and earlier Security Minister under the then President Blaise Compaoré...


Vive la différence

Born in 1957 into an influential banking family he was a supporter of Thomas Sankara's 1983 coup which ushered in the country's revolutionary phase but he also went along with Blaise Compaoré's 'rectification' four years later when Sankara was murdered...


EU ups security demands

The regime of Burkina's former President Blaise Compaoré was notable for its long-standing opaque stance on armed groups and influence in Africa...


The General's last days

The 220 French Special Forces are there for the anti-Islamist Opération Barkhane but they were also deployed to take ex-President Blaise Compaoré to neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire last October (AC Vol 55 No 22 The warning from Ouagadougou)...

Privately Ivorian President Alassane Dramane Ouattara was livid about the putsch by the former bodyguards of his old friend Blaise Compaoré Africa Confidential understands as it lent ample ammunition to his political opponents and threatened to derail his re-election campaign (see Box Where was Blaise)...

Black box may keep its secrets When Nestor Bassière Vice-President of the Union pour la renaissance-Parti sankariste declared that the 'Black box' had been found he reminded everyone that if any one person knows where all the bodies of Blaise Compaoré's regime are buried it is General Gilbert Diendéré...

Burkina Faso's ex-President Blaise Compaoré was until recently living in a luxurious part of Cocody-les-deux-plateaux in north Abidjan...


The people take on the putschists

Burkina's latest putsch drama started on 16 September when the private bodyguard secret police and death squad of ousted President Blaise Compaoré the RSP interrupted a cabinet meeting of the interim government at the Kosyam Palace...

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Frank’s fickle fortunes

Tambao which Timis hoped would become the world's biggest manganese mine became a priority for the then President Blaise Compaoré as his government sought to diversify the economy away from gold and cotton...


Timis under scrutiny

Timis's manganese mine in Burkina Faso was ordered to halt production in March after the new government said it would review how Timis's company Pan African Minerals had been awarded the concession under the government of ex-President Blaise Compaoré...


Condé pushes for new mine

After the fall from power of Burkinabè President Blaise Compaoré last October Camara's days in Ouagadougou were numbered and he first reappeared in Guinea at the beginning of this year at the head of a new opposition political party the Forces patriotiques pour la démocratie et le développement (AC Vo 56 No 11 Massacre...


Guards old and new

The latest round of the angry confrontation between ex-President Blaise Compaoré's elite bodyguards the 1 300-strong Régiment de sécurité présidentielle and its former deputy commander has gone the way of the soldiers (AC Vol 56 No 9 The code breakers)...


Massacre? Moi?

Most ascribe his sudden interest in Guinean politics to the fact that he needs a new home now that his friend Blaise Compaoré has fallen from power...


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