Burkina Faso Ousted President Kaboré Granted Total Freedom

Burkina Faso Ousted President Kaboré Granted ‘Total Freedom’ (News Central TV)

The military generals who ousted Roch Kaboré as president of Burkina Faso in a coup in January have given him total freedom.

According to local media in Ouagadougou, the action is a part of efforts to promote reconciliation.

In April, Kaboré, who had been under house arrest since he was ousted in a coup, was given permission to return to his parents’ residence in the capital city of Ougadougou.

The former leader has since “neither been free to move, free to receive certain persons, nor to communicate,” according to his party, the People’s Movement for Progress (MPP).

On Sunday, the military junta reiterated that “the former head of state’s complete release” was a key component of “dynamics of increasing social cohesion and national reconciliation.”

Lt Col Paul-Henri Damiba, the commander of the Junta, met with Kaboré last month to talk about security, the changeover to civilian administration, and other issues of national importance.

Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo and Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, both past presidents, traveled together and held talks with the West African nation’s military leader in June

According to officials, the meeting demonstrated Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba’s desire for peace and covered the nation’s security condition.

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, who had served as prime minister and president of the National Assembly under Compaoré but broke ties with him in early 2014, was elected with more than 53 percent of the vote.


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