Convicted former President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, has returned to his home country.
The military junta of Burkina Faso is reported to have stated that Mr. Compaoré is back in Burkina to hold talks with the regime as part of reconciliation efforts.
Mr. Compaoré has been in exile in neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire since 2014.
But he returned home on Thursday, July 7, 2022. A Burkinabe journalist, Serge Daniel first reported about the former President’s arrival in Burkina Faso in his twitter thread sighted by African Entertainment.
#Burkina Faso/ Exclusif / ci dessous, photo de l’ancien Président Blaise Compaoré dans l’avion qui le conduit ce 07 juillet 2022 à Ouagadougou où il doit participer le 8/7/ à une rencontre de ” réconciliation nationale”. Son avion se posera à la Base aérienne de Ouaga . pic.twitter.com/2q5h19vadB
— Serge Daniel (@SergeDa58898703) July 7, 2022
It would be recalled that in April 2022, Mr Compaoré was given a life sentence in absentia for his role in the assassination of Burkina Faso’s independence leader, Thomas Sankara, during the coup that brought him to power 35 years ago.
His return to Burkina Faso comes in the wake of calls for his arrest over Sankara’s death.
Lawyers representing the family of Mr Sankara had called for his arrest and it remains unclear he will be subjected to a judicial process now that he is back in Burkina Faso.
Mr. Compaoré was president of Burkina Faso from 1987 to 2014. He was a top associate of President Thomas Sankara during the 1980s, and in October 1987, he led a coup d’état during which Sankara was killed. The 71 year-old Compaoré, born in Ziniare, Burkina Faso, ruled the West African nation on the ticket of the Congress for Democracy and Progress.
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