RPT-"One game too far" - the downfall of Burkina Faso's president

Mon Nov 3, 2014 4:04am EST
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(Repeats story first issued on Nov 2)

* Compaore misjudged the mood with final gamble to stay on

* President went from rebel-backer to regional peacemaker

* Shadow of Sankara's death, rights abuses hung over his rule

* Frustration at lack of development gradually mounted

By David Lewis

DAKAR, Nov 2 (Reuters) - In the build-up to this past week's mass protests in Burkina Faso that ended Blaise Compaore's 27-year rule, statesmen from French President Francois Hollande to former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent him messages with increasing urgency.

The meaning was clear: step aside with reputation intact and a high-profile international job, or risk an undignified exit.

But Compaore stood firm. Even with hundreds of thousands protesting his plan to rejig the constitution to extend his rule, he still hoped to outmanoeuvre his rivals one more time.   Continued...