New Burkina president vows to identify folk hero Sankara's body

November 22, 2014 11:24 AM

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New Burkina president vows to identify folk hero Sankara's body

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's new transitional president has promised to open an investigation to identify remains believed to be those of the West African nation's murdered revolutionary folk hero Thomas Sankara.

Sankara rose to power in 1983 at the age of 33 after a coup and left a lasting mark during his short presidency, even changing his country's name from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, meaning "the land of upright people" in local languages.

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