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Burkina Ex-President Moved To Home After House Arrest

  Former Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore, whose future became a major issue after he was toppled in a coup in January, has … Continue reading Burkina Ex-President Moved To Home After House Arrest


(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 27, 2004 President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, listens during a press conference at the end of the Sommet de la Francophonie in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaore, in exile in Ivory Coast, is to be tried for the assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara, a pan-African icon, during the 1987 coup in which he took power, lawyers told AFP on April 13, 2021. Issouf SANOGO / AFP
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 27, 2004 President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, listens during a press conference at the end of the Sommet de la Francophonie in Ouagadougou.
Issouf SANOGO / AFP

 

Former Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore, whose future became a major issue after he was toppled in a coup in January, has been moved from house arrest to his home in the capital Ouagadougou, an AFP journalist saw on Thursday.

Late Wednesday, the military-led government said in a statement that after three weeks of “consultations,” Kabore would return to his home.

“The government gives an assurance that measures have been taken to provide his security,” it said in a statement.

Several troops were on guard outside Kabore’s home on Thursday, while a few sightseers tried to catch a glimpse of the former president.

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It was not immediately clear whether he was free in his movements.

Kabore was ousted on January 24 by officers disgruntled at his handling of a nearly seven-year-old jihadist insurgency that has claimed some 2,000 lives and forced 1.8 million people to flee their homes.

The junta, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, placed him under house arrest — a move condemned by Burkina’s neighbours in West Africa, which with the UN and African Union demanded his release.

AFP