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Ousted Burkina Leader Compaore Given ICoast Citizenship

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Toppled Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore, who fled to Ivory Coast after his October 2014 ouster, has been granted citizenship there on his request, national media said Tuesday.

Both Compaore and a younger brother named Francois were granted Ivorian nationality by decree with their new citizenship published in the country’s official journal January 18, but reported only Tuesday in the media.

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The official journal shows the decree was signed by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on November 17, 2014, less than a month after Compaore fled into exile when a popular revolt ended his 27-year-rule.

Compaore is wanted in Burkina Faso for threatening state security and an international warrant for his arrest was issued there in December for his alleged role in the mysterious 1987 killing of his comrade, ex president Thomas Sankara.

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