EX-Burkina Faso leader Compaore leaves Ivory Coast for Morocco

Blaise Compaore

Blaise Compaore

ABIDJAN (AA) – Ousted Burkinabe president Blaise Compaore, who resigned last month following a popular uprising against his rule, left Ivory Coast where he first took refuge and headed to Morocco, an Ivorian security source said Thursday.

Compaore’s plane left Yamoussoukro, the administrative capital of Ivory Coast, to Morocco’s Rabat after a brief stop in Abidjan, the source told The Anadolu Agency on the condition of anonymity, without giving details on the reason of the move.

Compaore was forced to step down after 27 years in power amid massive street protests against a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed him to seek another term in office.

Zida, who had been second-in-command in Compaore’s presidential guard, was appointed new interim leader by the army after the ousted leader’s departure.

The appointment, however, has drawn the ire of the country’s opposition, which has stressed that Compaore left office as the result of popular pressure rather than a military coup.

Earlier this week, the army handed over power to a civilian-led transitional administration following pressure from the African Union.

Michel Kafando, a former foreign minister, was chosen by a committee of 23 officials – most of whom are civilians – from among three nominees for the post. He later named Zida as an interim prime minister.


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