“I do not deny the outstretched hand (by Blaise Compaoré)”

For the first time since his election in 2015, the President of Burkina, interviewed by RFI and France 24 in Ouagadougou, is seriously considering the possible return to the country of Blaise Compaoré, the former head of state who has been living in exile in Côte d’Ivoire since 2014. He even puts deadline. If re-elected on November 22, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré announces that a reconciliation process will allow this return in the first half of 2021.

In this interview with RFI and France 24 on 15 October 2020, President Kaboré announces that if he is re-elected on 22 November “in the first half of 2021, everyone will be able to return quietly to Burkina Faso” and that “these who have cases of justice will be able to go to court to settle their cases at this level. ”

To the question: “Why did you not reply to the letter in which Blaise Compaoré offered his services to you 18 months ago”, the Head of State of Burkinabe replies: And President Roch clarified, “If I am elected, the first half of 2021. should allow us to address these issues. We will bring together all the components of society to discuss reconciliation and the decision. [des conditions du retour de Blaise Compaoré] will be taken. ”

Another current topic: Mali’s release of about 200 jihadists 10 days ago in exchange for 4 hostages including Soumaïla Cisse and Sophie Petronin. President Roch “welcomes these hostage releases” but believes that “the counterpart has been paid dearly”.

When asked, “Did you know that the brains of the Ouagadougou and Grand Bassam attacks in 2016 would be released?”, He replies, “No, I was not aware of it. We followed the elements like everyone else. So I think it is Mali, who managed this situation in order to free the hostages. ”