Military Chief Pledges Consensus As Compaore Exits Burkina Faso
Army leaders in Ouagadougou announced that Lieutenant-Colonel Yacouba Issaac Zida will run the country during a transitional period, as former president Blaise Compaore and his family take up residence in Yamoussoukoro, Cote d'Ivoire. Zida opened a Twitter account where he said: "We will work with Opposition leaders, U.N., A.U & #ECOWAS to find an acceptable agreement which conforms to the constitution" and "A unity govt will be installed to oversee a political transition, the components will be adopted by a broad consensus.".
Troops fired shots in the air outside Burkina Faso's state broadcaster before taking the building over. Protesters on the streets, the African Union and the United States are all ... Read more »
Burkina Faso: Colonel Takes Charge, Compaore Flees
Deutsche Welle, 1 November 2014
For much of the 24 hours after Burkina Faso's president stepped down, it wasn't clear who was in charge of the country. The military now appears to have resolved a dispute between… Read more »
RFI, 1 November 2014
Rival factions are claiming power in Burkina Faso after long-term president Blaise Compaoré stepped down on Friday under popular pressure. Read more »
AI London, 31 October 2014
Authorities in Burkina Faso must rein in security forces that have used excessive force to crack down on peaceful anti-government protests, Amnesty International said today. Read more »
Burkina Faso: Compaoré's Bid to Extend His Rule Backfires
ISS, 31 October 2014
The vote on the controversial bill to change the Burkina Faso constitution to allow President Blaise Compaoré to run for a third term was scheduled for yesterday, 30… Read more »
Protests in Ouagadougo.