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The 2014 Insurrection in Burkina Faso and the Pan-African Movement for Term-Limits

Join us for this one-off special event with guest Asseghna Somda discussing his role in the recent developments in Burkina Faso.


In 2014 President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso sought to modify the constitution to allow himself to run for office one more time. He had ruled Burkina Faso for 27 years, since the infamous assassination of the legendary Thomas Sankara. Compaoré's move saw him deposed by a popular insurrection, and airlifted to Abidjan in a French helicopter. This, however, was only the most dramatic of a recent wave of Pan-African struggles for Presidential term limits. In this evening's discussion Asseghna Somda, youth organiser and constitutional lawyer, gives his insider's perspective on how these broader continental trends informed organising against President Compaoré's initiative.


17:00 - Introduction given by Dr Peter Brett (QMUL)

17:15 - Presentation from Asseghna Somda, followed by Q&A

18:30 - Drinks reception