After the arrest of Ablassé Ouedraogo in Ouagadougou on December 24, taken to an unknown destination, Le Faso Autrement is responding. In a statement, the party expresses its “concern” and “outrage” and demands the unconditional release of the former Burkinabé Minister of Foreign Affairs, who had criticized the transitional authorities in October.
In its statement, the party, Le Faso Autrement, describes the circumstances of what it calls the “kidnapping” of Dr. Ablassé Ouédraogo. “Armed and hooded men” surrounded his residence in Ouagadougou on Sunday, December 24, in the afternoon, upon his return from a trip. “Two of them identified themselves as members of the national police and demanded that President Ablassé Ouedraogo follow them, a tempting session without any formality or explanation,” explains the party.
The leadership of Le Faso Autrement expresses “concern and outrage” at this situation because no one, including his lawyer, has been able to speak to him and knows where he is. The party’s leadership calls on the transitional authorities to do everything possible to preserve the “dignity and physical integrity” of Ablassé Ouedraogo.
The party calls on all Burkinabè “committed to peace and justice” to mobilize for the immediate and unconditional release of the former Burkinabé foreign affairs chief and former Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).