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Latest news from Burkina Faso

BURKINA FASO: Shielding future generations from elephantiasis

OUAGADOUGOU, 19 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Burkina Faso health workers are out in force nationwide to distribute medicine and information in a bid to combat elephantiasis, an often debilitating disorder the health ministry says strikes about one million people in the West African country.Full report

BURKINA FASO-COTE D IVOIRE: War sends floods of migrants back home to bleak future

OUAGADOUGOU, 25 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Mariam’s twisted fingers will forever remain a brutal reminder of her violent escape three years ago to Burkina Faso from Cote d’Ivoire, her home for 25 years until war broke out there in 2002.Full report

BURKINA FASO: Compaore wins new mandate in country’s first multiparty race

OUAGADOUGOU, 18 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - After 18 years at the helm of Burkina Faso, President Blaise Compaore has won a new five-year term, garnering a massive 80.3 percent of the vote in the country’s first multiparty presidential race.Full report

BURKINA FASO: Blaise Compaore, a president on a quest for legitimacy

OUAGADOUGOU, 14 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - After almost two decades of iron-fisted rule over Burkina Faso, President Blaise Compaore’s free-spending US-style bid for a third mandate is aimed at making over his image and winning new legitimacy, say friends and foes alike.Full report

BURKINA FASO: Compaore camp primes for victory against divided opposition

OUAGADOUGOU, 8 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - With Burkina Faso’s president of 18 years, Blaise Compaore, facing a divided opposition and holding a massive lead in a national opinion poll, his supporters are confident of victory in the 13 November presidential election.Full report

BURKINA FASO: Compaore gets green light to run for third mandate

OUAGADOUGOU, 17 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Burkina Faso’s Constitutional Court has thrown out an opposition bid to stop President Blaise Compaore running for a third term in elections which are less than a month away. Full report

BURKINA FASO: Opposition launches legal bid to stop Compaore running for third term

OUAGADOUGOU, 7 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Throwing down the gauntlet to the Constitutional Council, two Burkina Faso opposition leaders have launched a legal bid to stop President Blaise Compaore running for a third term in elections scheduled for 13 November.Full report

BURKINA FASO-COTE D IVOIRE: New outbreak of yellow fever

DAKAR, 22 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) is launching an immunisation drive for more than half a million people in response to four confirmed new cases of yellow fever, one of them fatal, in southern Burkina Faso near the Ivorian border. Full report

BURKINA FASO: Compaore's decision to bid for re-election raises opposition hackles

OUAGADOUGOU, 11 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Burkina Faso's long-serving president Blaise Compaore has announced he will stand again in elections scheduled for 13 November, a move the opposition believes is unconstitutional.Full report

BURKINA FASO: WFP, experts cautiously optimistic on food situation

OUAGADOUGOU, 10 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Burkina Faso, confronting the fallout of natural disasters that smacked the Sahel region last year, appears for now to have dodged a widespread food crisis, but there are pockets of serious shortages and vigilance is essential, UN officials and food experts say. Full report


IRIN Special Reports for Burkina Faso

BURKINA FASO: World's parliaments focus of the condition of children

IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Burkina Faso

BURKINA FASO-COTE D IVOIRE: War sends floods of migrants back home to bleak future

BURKINA FASO: Blaise Compaore, a president on a quest for legitimacy

BURKINA FASO: Dial SOS Circumcision and stop girls being cut

BURKINA FASO: Thousands of migrants now living as strangers in their homeland


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