Blaise Campoare now bears Ivorian citizenship

Blaise Campoare now bears Ivorian citizenship

-Blaise Campoare is how an Ivorian citizen card holder

- He ran away from Burkina Faso for fear of being extradited

- Blaise's wife who is Ivorian arrived in Ivory Coast, way before Mr. Campoare

Blaise Campoare now bears Ivorian citizenship

Blaise Compaore has been in exile in Ivory Coast since his overthrow in October 2014

Ousted Burkina Faso leader, Blaise Compaore now bears an Ivorian citizenship from the Ivorian leader, President Ouattara.

The new citizen for Mr. Campoare ends prospects of his extradition to face murder charges in Burkina Faso. The BBC reports that the citizenship order was signed by Ivorian President Alassane Quattara in November 2014, but has only just come to light.

Mr Compaore, who is wanted in his home country  over his alleged role in the murder of iconic ex-leader Thomas Sankara in 1987 had his 27-year rule ended in October 2014 after a wave of popular protests from Burkinabes.

Mr Compaore, whose wife is Ivorian, has been in exile in Ivory Coast since his overthrow in October 2014. An international arrest warrant was issued for him in December but Ivory Coast does not extradite its citizens, hence the former president will not be extradicted.

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Mr Sankara, a left-wing radical seen as "Africa's Che Guevara", is considered a hero for many Africans and was succeeded by Mr Compaore, who had served as his deputy. The exact circumstances of his death have remained a mystery, but Mr Compaore has always denied any involvement.

An autopsy last year on the supposed remains of Mr Sankara revealed the body was "riddled with bullets", though DNA testing was unable to confirm the identity. There have been conflicting reactions from members of Burkina Faso's civil society to Mr Compaore's perceived attempt to block his extradition by adopting a new nationality.

Burkina Faso held successful elections in November, two months after a short-lived coup by a unit of the country's presidential guards.

 

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