Friday, July 17, 2015

Compaore on trial for treason?

Remember how, after Mubarak stepped down from the Egyptian presidency following the Arab Spring protests, there was talk of putting him on trial for treason?  I don't think the treason trial ever happened, but he was tried for corruption, embezzlement, and ordering the killing of protestors - those were the trials where he was wheeled in on a gurney. He was sentenced to prison but most of them eventually got overturned and Mubarak's overthrown successor, President Morsi, was put on trial of treason.

Anyway, I bring this up because yesterday, Burkina Faso's parliament adopted a resolution, with approval by 60 of 63 MPs present, to put deposed president Blaise Compaore on trial for high treason. Like Mubarak, Compaore had been in power since the 1980s and stepped down in response to public demonstrations. Compaore is apparently hiding out in Cote d'Ivoire. Hopefully Burkina Faso's emerging democracy will work out better than was the case in Egypt.

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