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Burkina Faso gears up for crunch presidential elections

Sunday's presidential elections in Burkina Faso are the first since a popular uprising that led to the ousting of President Blaise Compaoré, a man who had tried to alter the constitution to extend his 27 years in power. The ballot also comes two months after a failed military coup. In both events, the country's civil society played a crucial role.


But while this enthusiastic, pro-democracy youth still yearns for change, others in the country - accused of being supporters of the old regime - are keeping a low profile, sometimes living in hiding and fear. Appeasing such tensions will be one of the new president’s main tasks. Our team in Burkina Faso has more.

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Elom Marcel Toble.

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