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Burkina coup leader signs $500,000 lobbying deal to unblock US aid

The Burkinabe lieutenant-colonel who deposed President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in January has hired a well-connected former Israeli intelligence officer to unblock millions of dollars in suspended US aid and court Middle East security assistance.

President Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba hired Ari Ben-Menashe and his Canadian lobbying firm Dickens and Madson for $500,000 to press Congress and the Joe Biden administration to release “all frozen funds” and approve an additional grant of undisclosed size, according to a newly disclosed lobbying filing.

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