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Burkina Faso: Security and justice, challenges of the post-Compaoré era

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has faced ups and downs over the last 24 months.

While the country commemorates two years of the uprising that led to the fall of Blaise Compaoré, authorities are still working on the total re-establishment of security and implementation of legal proceedings against former leaders of the erstwhile administration.

According to the current Burkinabé authorities, members of the presidential security regiment, close to the Compaoré administration seem to be the main threat to the stability of the institutions.

19 elements of this elite unit have recently been accused of trying to mount a coup against president, Roch Marc Kaboré. It was an aborted coup attempt that was said to have been inspired by General Gilbert Diendéré, the former right-hand man of Compaoré.

This security context has led to lengthy court procedures that have targeted the old leaders of the ousted regime. One of the clearest indicators of this difficulty is probably the so-called case of wiretaps involving Guillaume Soro the president of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast .

However, there are positives because on this second anniversary, Burkinabes can boast of having managed to hold presidential and municipal elections.

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