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BURKINA FASO: Stability vital to region | IRIN Africa

OUAGADOUGOU, 19 septembre 2012 (IRIN) – More than a year after civil unrest broke out in Burkina Faso, observers and analysts say despite some progress, and sustained support for President Blaise Compaoré, tension between his government and the population remains.

Stability in Burkina Faso is vital for regional stability, said a Western diplomat, given the recent conflict in Côte d’Ivoire and the current situation in Mali.

In April 2011, discontent from soldiers over salaries turned into mutinies in five cities – the capital Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Tenkodogo, Kaya and Po. Some members of Compaoré’s presidential guard also took part, opening fire inside the presidential compound in Ouagadougou.

President Compaoré responded harshly to mutineers: he took direct control of the Ministry of Defence; dismissed several important high-ranking officers, and appointed a new army chief of staff. Over 300 soldiers were arrested and a further 600 removed from the ranks.

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