ARTICLES RELATING TO BLAISE COMPAORE

Burkina Faso referendum on terms limits

2014-10-21 20:42

Burkina Faso's government will submit a bill for parliament to call a referendum on the revision of constitutional term limits.

B- Faso’s leader may be in re-election bid

2014-04-14 18:29

Supporters of Burkina Faso’s leader have rallied to press for a referendum on removing limits to presidential terms, the clearest sign yet that he may seek re-election in 2015.

Burkina Faso president's ex-allies form party

2014-01-26 09:32

Former allies of Burkina Faso's longtime president have created their own political party in the latest sign of growing opposition to his rule.

B-Faso urges Africa to share intel after Nairobi attack

2013-09-26 11:07

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has urged African states to improve their co-operation on fighting extremists in the wake of the deadly Nairobi shopping mall.

Mali mediators hopeful of vote accord

2013-06-10 16:06

Burkinabe mediators hosting talks between Mali's government and armed Tuareg rebels say they hope for an agreement to enable elections next month.

Mali armed groups, govt postpone talks

2013-01-09 09:04

Talks planned between the Malian government and two armed groups from the country’s north have been postponed, officials say.

Mali government, rebels talk

2012-12-04 22:40

Delegations from the Malian government and two rebel groups occupying the country's vast desert north have held their first talks in Burkina Faso.

Mali groups reject Algeria, Burkina Faso role

2012-11-26 09:47

A coalition of Malian political parties and a citizen's association based in the Islamist-occupied north has objected to Algeria and Burkina Faso's role in mediating their country's crisis.

Mali Islamists to meet crisis mediator

2012-11-06 09:54

Representatives of one of the armed Islamist groups in northern Mali are to meet a lead mediator as plans for military action take shape.

Mali crisis: Algeria, Mauritania urge talks

2012-10-08 15:12

Mauritania and Algeria have called for dialogue in a bid to reach a political solution to the six-month-old crisis in neighbouring Mali, after ruling out sending troops there to battle Islamist militia.

Burkina Faso envoy resigns amid probe

2012-09-18 13:26

Burkina Faso's ambassador to France, Joseph Pare, has resigned following the publication of the findings of the country’s anti-fraud body which accused him of embezzling $518 000.

Mali's anti-putsch front demands PM resign

2012-07-25 11:25

An anti-putsch group formed in the wake of Mali’s March coup, has demanded the resignation of interim PM Cheick Modibo Diarra whom they accuse of "incompetence and amateurishness".

West African leaders meet on Mali crisis

2012-06-29 20:10

West African leaders have met in the Ivory Coast capital in a bid to end the crisis in Mali, where rebel groups have seized the north as the government struggles in the wake of a coup.

Mali rulers strive to restore calm

2012-05-02 14:05

Mali's rulers are seeking to restore calm after pro-junta soldiers stamped out a counter-coup bid by the presidential guard, sparking clashes in the capital that left at least 22 dead.

Traore readies to take over in Mali

2012-04-12 09:02

An interim leader is set to take over from Mali's junta and head a transition government that must claw back control of half the country from the hands of Islamists and Tuareg rebels.

Burkina Faso fires 136 cops after mutiny

2012-03-08 19:17

Burkina Faso's government says it has fired 136 police officers who were involved in a mutiny last year.

Burkina customs chief fired

2012-01-03 10:08

Burkina Faso’s president has fired the country’s customs chief after his detention over the seizure of about $3.8m in trunks carried by a relative, sources say.

Burkina Faso student death: 3 cops jailed

2011-08-23 21:18

A Burkina Faso court has sentenced 3 policemen over a student's death that sparked deadly protests.

Burkina troops surround mutineers' camp

2011-06-03 15:26

Soldiers loyal to Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore have rushed to the country’s economic capital and surrounded a mutinous military camp, witnesses say.

Burkina Faso students protest

2011-05-23 19:35

Thousands of students have taken to the streets of Burkina Faso's capital burning tyres and chanting in support of teachers who are demanding better conditions.

Opposition demand Compaore step down

2011-04-30 22:48

Burkina Faso opposition parties have demanded long-serving President Blaise Compaore step down, blaming him for provoking a wave of violence in the west African nation.

Burkina Faso govt, army to meet

2011-04-20 10:11

Burkina Faso's army chief says the government will meet with soldiers to resolve issues behind a mutiny that has threatened the president’s 24-year rule over this impoverished country.

Burkina Faso gets new PM, mutiny spreads

2011-04-19 09:05

Burkina Faso’s ambassador to France has been named the country’s new prime minister as police joined soldiers on a rampage and students staged violent protests against President Blaise Compaore's regime.

Burkina Faso curfew amid mutiny

2011-04-16 21:35

Authorities in Burkina Faso have imposed a curfew on the capital city after soldiers mutinied for a third day and civilians burnt government buildings.

Gunfire spreads in Burkina Faso capital

2011-04-15 14:14

Gunfire is spreading in Burkina Faso as protests by military guards against unpaid housing allowances spread, witnesses say.

 

Burkina refuses to rule on exhumation of ex-leader

2014-04-30 21:03

Burkina Faso’s high court says it lacks jurisdiction to rule on a request for the body of former president Thomas Sankara to be exhumed.

Burkina leader's re-election bid could spark violence

2014-02-18 16:52

Any move by Burkina Faso's veteran President Blaise Compaore to tweak the constitution and run for office a fifth time could spark violence in the landlocked west African nation, experts say.

Burkina Faso ruling party exposes splits

2014-01-06 19:03

Dozens of prominent figures in Burkina Faso's ruling party have resigned, showing deep political divisions created by fears that President Blaise Compaore may push through changes to the constitution to stay in power.

Mali Tuaregs, Bamako on brink of poll deal

2013-06-12 07:53

Mali's rebel Tuaregs say they are ready to sign a deal that would pave the way for Bamako to hold nationwide polls next month.

Date set for Mali presidential polls

2013-05-28 09:44

Mali will hold a presidential election on July 28, according to a draft law adopted by the cabinet as the nation struggles to move on from war and an 18-month political crisis.

Mali rebels vow to respect national unity

2012-12-05 13:13

Mali government officials have met with two armed groups for the first time in a landmark encounter that saw the rebels pledge to respect the country’s territorial integrity and root out "terrorism".

Mali rebels, govt set to meet

2012-12-04 09:17

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, west Africa's chief mediator for the crisis in Mali, is set to hold his first joint meeting with delegations from the Malian government and two rebel groups, his office says.

Top Mali mediator meets rebel leaders

2012-11-16 22:33

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has held joint talks with Mali's Islamist rebels Ansar Dine and Tuareg separatist leaders for the first time.

Troops deploy in northern Burkina Faso

2012-10-11 11:05

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has ordered 1 000 combat troops to be deployed in the northern region bordering crisis-hit Mali to guard against kidnappings, an official says.

Mali mediator wants dialogue with rebels

2012-10-08 09:18

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, the lead mediator in Mali's ongoing crisis, says he would form a "dialogue framework" for inclusive talks between Bamako and armed groups from the country’s north.

Mali asks African forces to intervene

2012-09-05 10:35

Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore has formally asked west African forces to intervene to take back northern Mali from Islamist rebels, a senior official says.

W African leaders to hold Mali summit

2012-07-03 07:45

West African leaders are set to hold a summit in Burkina Faso to discuss the crisis in Mali, mediators have announced.

Leaders to discuss crisis-hit Mali

2012-05-03 10:30

West African leaders are set to discuss the turmoil in crisis-hit Mali at a summit after soldiers who overthrew an elected government in March defeated a counter-coup this week.

Mali's ex-junta to meet Compaore

2012-04-30 08:03

West African bloc Ecowas mediator Blaise Compaore is set to meet a delegation dispatched by the former junta that had seized power in Mali, an official says.

World scrambling to stop Mali Tuareg advance

2012-04-04 20:32

World leaders are scrambling to stop Mali's descent into chaos, two weeks after a coup in Bamako touched off a sequence which saw Tuareg rebels conquer half the country.

Burkina Faso to bust corruption

2012-01-05 22:13

Burkina Faso's Prime Minister has vowed that "we will be merciless" in cases of corruption, like that of the head of the customs service arrested at the weekend.

Africa 'must change perception of ICC'

2011-11-10 07:54

Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaore says Africa’s perception of the International Criminal Court as a Western imperialism needs to change.

Burkina arrests 93 troops after mutiny

2011-06-07 09:20

The Burkina Faso military has arrested 93 soldiers for alleged involvement in a mutiny, an officer says, after disgruntled troops wreaked havoc in the economic capital for days last week.

Burkina Faso soldiers rampage, loot

2011-06-01 17:00

Witnesses say soldiers at a major military barracks have rampaged, shot into the air and looted shops in Burkina Faso's second largest city.

Burkina Faso opposition 'aiming for coup'

2011-05-04 13:29

Burkina Faso’s ruling party has accused the opposition of trying to stage a coup by calling for President Blaise Compaore's ouster in a series of popular protests.

New Burkina Faso PM vows 'open' govt

2011-04-21 09:22

New Burkina Faso Prime Minister Luc Adolphe Tiao has promised his government would be “open-minded” and work to appease mutineers in the armed forces and the population at large.

Burkina Faso soldiers: Unrest to end

2011-04-19 19:39

Burkina Faso's recently appointed army chief says the new government will work to resolve the issues behind the military unrest.

Burkina Faso army revolt spreads

2011-04-17 18:10

Mutinous soldiers have seized a key southern town in Burkina Faso as a revolt against the veteran ruler Blaise Compaore spread.

Troops loot Burkina Faso for 2nd night

2011-04-16 17:30

Merchants in Burkina Faso's capital say soldiers looted for a second night after sparking unrest over their unpaid housing allowances.

Compaore leaves capital amid army mutiny

2011-04-15 10:37

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has left the capital Ouagadougou amid a mutiny by his personal guard that has spread to other barracks, a military source says.

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