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CDP, party of convicted ex-Burkina Faso leader, Blaise Compaoré, wants presidential pardon

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The Congress for Democracy and Progress, which is the party of former Burkina Faso ruler Blaise Compaoré has declared support for the current reconciliatory moves of the military junta and urged all citizens to support it.

The leader of the party, Eddie Komboïgo, called Burkina’s “daughters and sons […] to advance in the fight for development.”

The party chieftain also explained that the need to “resolutely embark on a journey towards true reconciliation to advance in the fight for development” is why his party, CDP chose to back the transitional authorities.

Komboïgo statement comes after the historic Sankara trial. Former President Blaise Compaoré was sentenced in absentia, to life in prison for murdering the Pan-Africanist icon in 1987.

Former President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a military tribunal for the murder of his predecessor and ‘best friend’, Thomas Sankara, in a 1987 coup. The military junta in Burkina Faso has however gushed about granting Compaore a state pardon.

The CDP disagrees with calls by Compaoré’s opponents who asked the authorities to not consider a presidential pardon or amnesty.

Blaise Compaoré is exiled in Ivory Coast. Lawyers representing the Sankara family demanded former president Compaoré be extradited to serve his sentence.

 

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Exiled Ivory Coast politician, Charles Blé Goudé, returns home to cheering crowd. Old wounds opened?

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Exiled Ivorian politician, Charles Blé Goudé who was the right-hand man of former Ivorian president, Laurent Gbagbo, is back home.

The Street General as he is fondly called is said to be allegedly involved in the violence that followed the 2011 presidential elections, returned home on Saturday after more than eight years abroad.

Thousands of supporters turned up to receive him at the airport after his arrival on a flight from Ghana’s capital, Accra, that was preceded by a heavy police presence.

Charles Blé Goudé while addressing the crowd said “in reality when I was told to come, it was frank, it was sincere. That is why I thank you here in Yopougon, the Ivorian authorities for having facilitated (my return, ed.) among you. If I see you today it is thanks to them.”

He thanked the Ivorian authorities for facilitating his return and said his “duty” was to “support the peace process”.

“I have arrived, I will gather all the information. In this same place, we will hold a political rally where I will discuss all the issues. And as the press is here, I ask them to come in a few weeks to a big press conference where we will discuss all the issues, I mean all the issues”, promised Blé Goudé.

The politician was arrested in Ghana in 2013 following the post-electoral crisis that engulfed the west African country in 2010. But the homecoming seems to be approved by the incumbent president, Alassane Ouattara, who in July pardoned his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé’s principal in the push for national reconciliation.

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Congo DR electoral body, CENI, announces date of presidential election

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The electoral authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Commission Electorale Nationale Independente (CENI) have announced dates for the next presidential election.

CENI on Saturday said the election will take place on December 20th next year.

The commission outlined several challenges, including the logistics of transporting ballot materials thousands of miles, health concerns about Ebola and COVID-19, and unrest that has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

The incumbent president, Felix Tshisekedi, who already expressed his intention to run again. He might be running against Martin Fayulu, who continues to claim that he won the 2018 election and was denied victory.

Terrorist activities, largely by a rebel group, M23 have drawn reactions from stakeholders in the East Africa region and global observers. The M23 is a rebel military group based in eastern areas of the DRC, mainly operating in the province of North Kivu.

According to the electoral authorities, insecurity remains the main challenge for the next elections.

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