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Latest reports from Africa Confidential

Arsonist firefighter. France lifts deposed Burkino Faso president from flames

Summing up the 27-year rule of Burkinabè ex-President Blaise Compaoré as the opposition gathered on the streets of Ouagadougou, a French political analyst settled for “un pompier pyromane”, a firefighter who is also an arsonist. He explained how Compaoré, with the support of Libya’s Colonel Moammar al Gaddafi, had backed rebellions in neighbouring states and had had ambiguous relations with insurgents in Mali and Niger.

Zambian succession. Competing factions can’t wait to bury the president

zambia’s acting President Guy Scott is finding out just how difficult the management of the governing Patriotic Front (PF)can be. On 3 November he was obliged to reinstate Edgar Lungu, a powerful contender for the PF presidential nomination, just 24 hours after sacking him as PF Secretary General. Scott had moved against Lungu for violating the ban on infighting ahead of Michael Sata’s funeral on 11 November, and had replaced him with the Chipili MP Davies Mwila, who is close to Scott and the former PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba.

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