Guinea’s Camara arrives in Burkina Faso


Guinean junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara arrived in Burkina Faso yesterday from Morocco after more than a month recovering from a failed attempt to assassinate him, a Reuters witness said.

With two people supporting him, Camara walked off the Moroccan airplane at the military airport in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou, the witness said.

The re-emergence in public of Camara comes just days after the senior junta official in his absence pledged to pave the way for a transition to civilian rule, raising hopes of an end to a crisis in the world’s top exporter of the aluminum ore bauxite.

It was not immediately known why he had travelled to Burkina Faso and authorities were not immediately available to comment. Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore has led mediation efforts between the junta and the opposition since Camara seized power in a 2008 coup.
“We have just found out about this,” said junta spokesperson Idrissa Cherif in Conakry.
“For the moment we have no other information about the circumstances of his transfer.”

A source close to the Burkinabe presidency said Moroccan officials called earlier in the evening to say Camara was coming.
“We were completely taken by surprise,” the source said.

Camara, whom a UN report has held to blame for the Sept. 28 killing by security forces of more than 150 pro-democracy marchers, was wounded in the head in a Dec. 3 attack by a former aide and has spent the last month in a Moroccan hospital.

His deputy, Defence Minister Sekouba Konate, has ruled the country in the meantime and last week raised hopes of an end to the crisis by agreeing to allow an opposition-led transition government prepare the way for elections.

Pic: Junta leader- Capt Moussa Dadis Camara