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Cote D’Ivoire: Blaise Compaore now Ivorian citizen

26 February 2016 at 08:52 | 2303 views

PV Staff

The former president of the West African state of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore (pictured),is now an Ivorian citizen. His younger brother, Francois, has also acquired Ivorian nationality according to reports from Abidjan, the capital.

Blaise, as he is commonly known, fled his country October 2014 by road in a long motorcade when a huge uprising forced him to abandon the power he had held for decades in the Sahelian country and headed for neighbouring Cote D’Ivoire where he was warmly received by his close friend Alassane Ouattara, the President of Cote D’Ivoire.

Since then the transitional government that took over after him and the new democratically elected government in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital, have been putting enormous pressure on Ouattara to send him back to his country to face treason charges. Some of his close associates who remained in the country have been arrested and are currently in jail. An international arrest warrant is out for the others out of the country.

It is believed Blaise applied for Ivorian citizenship to put an end to the extradition requests from his country since there is no extradition treaty between the two countries and Ivorians citizens are generally immune to such extradition requests from a foreign country.