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The Debate – Coup in Burkina Faso: What next after ouster of President Kaboré?


Saying they feel exposed in the face of an Islamist insurgency rampant across the Sahel region, soldiers in Burkina Faso have taken to national television to confirm the ousting of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. But what will a coup change in yet another poor, landlocked nation where radicals seem to prey on weak institutions? Seven years ago, young people were instrumental in the popular uprising that led to the downfall of strongman Blaise Compaoré. Do these soldiers represent a different generation, or a return to the past?

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