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11 October 2016

Ousted Burkinabe president makes first public appearance

blaise-camporeBurkina Faso’s deposed President Blaise Compaore – overthrown in October 2014 by a popular uprising – has appeared in public for the first time since being forced into exile in neighbouring Ivory Coast.

Mr Compaore visited Ivory Coast’s former President Henri Konan Bedie in Abidjan, but he did not say anything to the media.

Mr Compaore is wanted back home for the killing of protesters who rose against his regime in 2014.

He denies any wrongdoing.

Analysts say Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara owes Mr Compaore a debt of gratitude for mediating in the now-ended conflict in his country, and is therefore unlikely to extradite the ousted president to Burkina Faso.

Source: bbc.com

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