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Leader of Burkina Faso’s ex-ruling party set free

OUAGADOUGOU (AFP) – Police have released the leader of the former ruling party in Burkina Faso who was briefly arrested for criticising the conditions the ousted president is being held under, his People’s Movement for Progress (MPP) said yesterday.

Alassane Bala Sakande was arrested at his home early on Sunday morning, lawyers said.

He was allowed to return home after spending the day at a police station where he was accused of staging a press conference last week of “too much political activism”.

“If there are restrictions on the movement and activities of political parties it should brought to everyone’s attention,” the party statement said.