Burkina Faso’s ex-president Compaoré handed life sentence over Sankara murder
07 April 2022 | 12:38 pm
Burkina Faso's former president Blaise Compaore was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for complicity in the 1987 murder of his predecessor Thomas Sankara in a coup, a military tribunal ruled on Wednesday, April 6.
Several armored vehicles of the presidential fleet, stained with blood and riddled with bullets, could be seen near the president's residence on Monday morning after reports emerged that Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore had been detained at a military camp by mutinying soldiers. It was not immediately clear if Kabore was in the vehicle when the attack took place but residents of the president's neighborhood reported heavy gunfire overnight.
Saying they feel exposed in the face of an Islamist insurgency rampant across the Sahel region, soldiers have taken to national television to confirm the ousting of President Kaboré. But what will a coup change in yet another poor, landlocked nation where radicals seem to prey on the vulnerabilities borne of population growth in the countryside?
Old images of the 2014 uprising in Burkina Faso are being widely shared on social media, falsely presented as footage of the current coup in the country. We show you some examples in this edition of Truth or Fake.
The EU has said it could withdraw financial aid from Burkina Faso and hit coup leaders with sanctions if "constitutional order" is not restored.
A project is supporting agricultural innovation in rural Burkina Faso by connecting farmers using small easy-to-use transmitters. They can transmit FM broadcasts within a small town and its surrounding fields.
The West African country's new military leader has said constitutional order will return "when the conditions are right." The junta has also pledged to bring security to Burkina Faso.
The ECOWAS bloc has suspended Burkina Faso after the army overthrew the president. Burkina Faso is the third member to face punishments from the bloc as a result of a military takeover in roughly 18 months.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Burkina Faso in response to Monday's coup that removed the democratically elected President, Roch Marc Christian Kabore. The decision was taken during a virtual extraordinary summit of heads of state of the bloc, held on Friday, January 28, 2022.
France says nearly 60 fighters from Islamist militias were killed in the days leading up to the coup. The jihadists were killed by forces involved with Operation Barkhane led by France.
Representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Monday met with the ousted President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Kabore. Prior to the meeting there had been no information about the whereabouts or condition of the former leader. While the delegation did not reveal where the meeting with Korbare took place, the head of the mission, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, said he was in good health.
Senegal is set to face Burkina Faso in the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday. Both teams held training sessions in Yaounde on Tuesday as they prepare for a battle to reach the final. Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said it was high time Senegal bring home some hardware adding that he thinks his team has the talent to do so.
The Lions of Teranga and the Stallions will battle it out at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo on Wednesday with a spot in this year's AFCON final at stake. Neither team has won the competition in their history but both have come close, with Senegal finalists in 2019 and Burkina Faso in 2013. We're joined by Sports Editor Simon Harding and Eurosport's Ruben Slagter to take a look at which players are likely to take their teams to glory and what to expect from a match dripping with star names, including Sadio Mané and Bertrand Traoré.
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