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Burkina Faso Govt orders Sankaras remains exhumed

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Former President, Thomas Sankara
Former President, Thomas Sankara

(elbcradio.com/Mar. 6, 2015)-The Government of Burkina Faso has ordered the exhumation of the remains of the country’s former President, Thomas Sankara. Mr. Sankara was killed in a coup allegedly led by Burkina Faso’s ousted President, Blaise Compaore, in 1987.

The order means the remains of Mr. Sankara can be formally identified. The identification of the former President’s remains has been a long-standing demand of Mr. Sankara’s supporters.

They wanted proof that the remains, still popular in many parts of Africa, were his. Mr. Sankara, seen as Africa’s Che Guevara, was hastily buried in Ouagadougou, the Capital of Burkina Faso, during the coup.

He was succeeded by Compaore who recently quit the Presidency amid massive street protests last October. While in office, a Burkina Faso court blocked a request by Mr. Sankara’s family for his remains to be exhumed.

Mr. Compaore has always denied being involved in the ex-leader’s killing, insisting that the “facts are known” and he has “nothing to hide.”
Following Mr. Compaore’s military-fashioned departure from Burkina Faso, he was succeeded by Michel Kafando as Head of the current government.

According to the AFP News Agency, Mr. Kafando said Mr. Sankara’s family would be given the means to help identify the corpse. Miriam Sankara, Burkina Faso former President’s widow, told the BBC French Service the family had not asked for the government’s help and is yet to be officially contacted.

 


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