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Burkina Faso ex-president Roch Kaboré allowed out of detention

Burkina Faso’s former president Roch Kaboré, who had been under house arrest since he was toppled in a military coup in January, has been allowed to return to his family home, the country’s interim government said in a statement on Wednesday.

West African leaders last month asked the junta to free the ex-president and lay out a “more acceptable” timeline for a return to democracy than its current 36-month transition period, which was agreed internally after the coup.

Kaboré returned to his residence in the capital, Ouagadougou, on Wednesday, the interim government said, adding that security measures would be installed to “guarantee his safety”.

The junta has so far resisted pressure from the West African bloc ECOWAS to relinquish power in less than three years, saying its priority is to restore security in the insurgent-hit country.

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