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A ‘madman’ who earned the tribute

A little over 31 years ago, the president of Burkina Faso was murdered in a coup instigated by his former friend and army captain, Blaise Compaoré

Elite troops linked to ex-leader declare Burkina Faso coup

Burkina Faso's presidential guard declared a coup on Thursday after arresting the interim president and key government figures.

Lessons from Nyerere’s grass-roots socialism

We can learn from what the great 1960s anticolonial movements accomplished.

Burkina Faso: Political parties set to adopt transition plan

Political parties and civil society have gathered in Ouagadougou to hammer out a handover plan after the ousting of president Blaise Compaoré.

Burkina Faso: African leaders meet to plot path to civilian govt

An AU delegation has begun talks with military leader Isaac Zida after he pledged to relinquish power to a civilian transitional government.

Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida takes over in Burkina Faso

Isaac Zida says he has taken power after a week of violent protest against President Blaise Compaore's 27-year rule .

Protesters storm Parliament in Burkina Faso

Protesters say they have had enough of President Blaise Compaoré and want to stall an attempt by government to have him re-elected next year.

North Mali Islamists to meet top crisis mediator

Representatives of the Ansar Dine Islamist group in northern Mali are to meet the lead mediator as plans for military action take shape.

Burkinabe police fire on youth protest, four hurt

Four students were injured during a protest on Friday, three by bullets, as Burkina Faso police opened fire to disperse the youths.

New Burkina Faso premier named after soldier riots

President Blaise Compaore appointed a former ambassador to France as the new prime minister, hoping to restore stability after violent protests.

Burkina Faso mutiny spreads as police, students riot

A mutiny in Burkina Faso spread on Monday as police joined soldiers on a rampage in a northern town, and students staged violent protests in the west.

Burkina Faso leader battles mutiny

Burkina Faso's president, facing a military mutiny, strove to reassert his authority on Friday after mass protests and a night when soldiers ran riot.

Burkina Faso votes in presidential election

Burkina Faso voted on Sunday in a presidential poll, which appeared to generate little enthusiasm and was expected to keep Blaise Compaore in power.

Elections in sight in Côte d’Ivoire

Mediators looked to have secured an end to Côte d'Ivoie's political crisis on Monday after the key players agreed to salvage a political accord.

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