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Burkina PM will ask Morocco to extradite former president

© Sia Kambou, AFP | Burkina Faso's interim PM Isaac Zida listening to proceedings during an inauguration ceremony, November 2014. | Burkina Faso’s PM Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida (L) salutes as he stands next to interim civilian President Michel Kafando on November 21 2014, at a stadium in Ouagadougou.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-11-28

Burkina Faso’s interim prime minister Isaac Zida said Thursday he will seek the extradition of former president Blaise Compaore from Morocco, and investigate a slew of cases from the exiled leader’s time in office.

Emerging from the first session of Burkina Faso's new 90-member interim parliament, Zida also vowed to root out widespread corruption and open enquiries into the deaths of a former president and a journalist.

“We will ask Morocco... to place president Compaore at the disposal of Burkinabe justice,” Zida said told reporters late on Thursday in Burkina's capital, Ouagadougou.

Compaore fled Burkina Faso in October after being ousted in a popular revolt sparked by his bid to extend his 27-year hold on power.

France acknowledged it had helped whisk away Campaore to neighbouring Ivory Coast following the violent unrest, during which the parliamentary building was torched. He has since found refuge in Morocco.

The military seized power after he fled, but faced with intense international pressure eventually agreed to hand power to an interim government that will lead the West African country until elections in November 2015.

Speaking to FRANCE 24 on Thursday, French President François Hollande said that what happened in Burkina Faso should “serve as a lesson” to other heads of state in Africa and around the world.

Digging in the past

Zida, who led the military takeover and has since been named prime minister, once more made it clear on Thursday that he will continue to play a prominent role in the future of his country.

He said companies suspected of corruption would face audits and "if necessary we will nationalise (them), because what was built with the money of the people must return to the people."

Zida also pledged to reopen the case of popular former president Thomas Sankara, who ruled between 1983 and 1987 before being assassinated in a coup led by Compaore.

Zida vowed that "justice will be done" for Sankara, who was a widely loved Marxist and pan-Africanist leader considered by many as the "African Che Guevara".

An investigation will also be opened into the death of journalist Norbert Zongo in 1998 while he was investigating the death of a driver working for Compaore's brother, said Zida.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-11-28

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