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Toppled Burkina Faso president Compaoré granted Ivorian citizenship

Toppled Burkina Faso president Compaoré granted Ivorian citizenship

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Former Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaoré, who fled to Ivory Coast after he was toppled in October 2014, has been granted citizenship on his request.

According to media reports, the former president and his younger brother, named François, were granted Ivorian nationality by decree, with their new citizenship published in the country’s official journal in January this year.

The decree was signed by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara in November 2014, less than a month after Compaoré fled into exile.

Compaoré is wanted in his home country Burkina Faso for threatening state security.

An international warrant for his arrest was issued in December for his alleged role in the mysterious killing of former president, Thomas Sankara.

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