Kal takes a look at the regional position of President Blaise Compaoré, who recently won re-election in Burkina Faso:
Compaoré has, through fair and fowl means, turned his country into a quiet superpower in northwest Africa over 23 years. Compaoré’s power brokering often works in conjunction with other African strongmen. He is held in high regard by the Algerian leadership and keeps close contacts with Qadhafi while remaining on good terms with Morocco. His dealings in Guinean and Togolese politics often make use of his North African connections. As an experienced operator he survives because he can quickly identify and adapt to changes in power relationships. And once he has mastered the general trend, he proceeds with attention to detail and logistics.
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More on the elections in Burkina Faso here.