Burkina Faso’s deposed president, Blaise Compaore has arrived in Ivory Coast on the latest stage of an odyssey which has taken him to several countries since he was toppled. Reuters report:
Should he seek to stay, his presence could complicate relations between the two West African neighbours and prove politically awkward for the Ivorian government as President Alassane Ouattara seeks re-election next year.
A senior official in the president’s office said Compaore, who sought refuge in Ivory Coast immediately after fleeing mass protests in October, had arrived in the capital Yamoussoukro after spending time in Morocco, Gabon and elsewhere.
“He came back here. He’s free to go wherever he wants,” the official said, adding that it was unclear how long Compaore planned to remain in the country. “The president has already said that he is free to stay as long as he likes. It’s up to him.”
Ivory Coast’s government spokesman Bruno Kone said he could not confirm Compaore’s presence in the country. “I don’t know why the question keeps coming up. He is a free individual. He’s free to come and go. It’s not a question for us,” he told Reuters. “He is a friend of Ivory Coast.”