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Leader of Burkina Faso's ex-ruling party set free

By AFP
Burkina Faso Bala Alassane Sakande has called for the immediate release of ex-president Roch Marc Christian Kabore.  By OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT AFP
MAR 28, 2022 LISTEN
Bala Alassane Sakande has called for the immediate release of ex-president Roch Marc Christian Kabore. By OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT (AFP)

Police have released the leader of the former ruling party in Burkina Faso who was briefly arrested for criticising the conditions the ousted president is being held under, his People's Movement for Progress (MPP) said Monday.

Alassane Bala Sakande was arrested at his home early Sunday morning, lawyers said.

He was allowed to return home after spending the day at a police station in the capital where he was accused of staging a press conference last week "full of too much political activism", the party said in a statement.

"If there are restrictions on the movement and activities of political parties it should brought to everyone's attention," the party statement said.

Sakande, who was president of the National Assembly before the coup, had called for the immediate release of ex-president Roch Marc Christian Kabore, claiming the conditions of his house arrest had been tightened to the extent that he was effectively being detained.

Prior to his removal in January, Kabore had faced a wave of anger over a jihadist insurgency that has ravaged the impoverished West African country.

Under junta leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba a transitional assembly took office in Ouagadougouo last Tuesday.

The United Nations, African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), have all called for Kabore to be set free.

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