Burkina Faso’s Compaore resigns after violent protests

Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore, one of Africa’s longest-serving autocrats, has resigned, forced out of power by a popular revolt over his attempt to extend his 27-year rule by additional five years.

Mr. Compaore is no longer in power, the army confirmed Friday, a day after protesters set fire on the parliament, marched on the presidential villa and at least three people died.

Mr. Compaore had earlier said he would step down after a 12-month transitional government had ended.

However, the opposition continued to demand that he resign, angry at his attempts to amend the constitution and extend his rule.

The army imposed curfew Thursday and announced a transitional government that will last one year, but refused to state clearly who will lead the government.

The head of the armed forces, General Honore Traore, had earlier dissolved parliament and announced talks with all political parties.

Hundreds of soldiers in Burkina Faso on Thursday joined demonstrators opposing plans to extend Mr. Compaore’s nearly three-decade rule, Radio France Internationale reported.


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  • Chris1408

    My siddon look country men, are you taking notes. GEJ is worse than Campaore. When are we gonna do the right thing for the generations behind us?

    • israel amulum

      nonsense

      • Tonnero

        Tonne sense to you. Plenty of sense to us..governments must be accountable to the people whether APC or PDP. When they become a problem and checks and balances break down because they have been subverted either by bribes or by intimidation, the people should rise up and take back what belongs to them. GEJs government is the worst in the history of Nigeria and that will not change because you Igbos say you are benefitting from it. Benefits from a good government should be across the board and not sectional. It should not be age, gender, ethnicity, region or religiously biased. And I do not want to hear about past governments. The fact that they are bad does not mean we should continue the same way.

        • Wähala

          Call an animal by its name and leave Igbos out of your tirade. Who spoke for Ndigbo to you and with whose mandate, in what capacity? Igbos are the only ethnic group without a Kabiyesi all man must bow to, kapisch? No Sultan, No Emir. Whoever aired an opinion did so purely on solitary basis and that is no basis for you to direct igbo-induced trash at all Igbos. I am Igbo and a better critic of this evil administration than you or anyone you know. Next slip and I will stick my foot into the dirty ahnus you think with… Didinrin!

      • Wähala

        Gorilla!

  • Alex

    Good to hear; the old man resigned. One only hope that peace return the nation. Congratulations to the indefatigable voices of Burkina Faso.

    • Bo Biz

      Compaore resigned? Somebody must have held a gun to his head.Happy felicitations to brave burkinabes who have risen to take back control of their country from the vampires.All the compaores in Africa including Nigeria must all go down.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Campaore must be tried for the assassination of Thomas Sankara whom he betrayed and who was the most revolutionary west African leader to emerge in the 80s

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Campaore was a betrayer who betrayed and assassinated Thomas Sankara the former president of Burkina Faso,and took power and had been in power for twenty seven years.Campaore must be made to face criminal charges for the assasination of late revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso,president Thomas Sankara.

    • lawiri

      What goes around comes around. Compaore has been used and dumped by France !

  • King Carlos

    This should be a lesson to our corrupt politicians and our unprofessional security agencies. When the arab spring happened people thought it can’t happen in sub saharan Africa. Here we are now. the people of Burkina Faso have successfully changed a government so we can do it too with our votes. But if our votes don’t count, we will have no choice but to REVOLT.

  • Wähala

    Dumbo is worse than Campore, ten times worse. Yet, Nigerians are waiting for Boko Harm to evade Aso Rock and chase away the ugly Gorilla pounding his chest with corruption. Mumus in Mumudom… soon, they will flood here with yeye congratulatory comments to Burkinababes. Cowards. How many of them have joined Oby Ezekwesili in her little #BBOG campaign? None. Instead, na daily barrage of insult they haul at her and her motley crew of protestors. Imagine common Burkina Farso…

    • austine007

      In our world today nobody is common… Bro. Nigeria is yet to witness violence… I hope you know that the western world rated us (Nigerians) as the happiest people on earth? Have you forgotten that the man who smiles and jokes alot has the must deadliest anger and brute force??? Food for thought Bro.!

    • Nonsense

      What of the Robert Mugabe of Nigeria?…or if you like, ‘the presidential candidate emeritus’ and the author and finisher of the obnoxiously draconian decrees 2 & 4 of 1984? Spiuuuuussssshhhhh……..Nonsense!

  • Ade

    Kudos to the people of Burkina Faso. GEJ is the next irresponsible president to be chased out with our votes.

  • Tunsj

    The people of Burkina Faso did the right thing. I doubt the same thing will happen in Nigeria, because many Nigerians are timid.

    • Bo Biz

      Most Nigerians are bigoted imbeciles,and habitual cowards that’ll prefer to mournfully cry for eternity than exercise their inalienable rights to freedom and equality.

      • austine007

        They are using religion to brainwash them!!!

      • Tunsj

        Agreed.

    • austine007

      Timid? Why OBJ no succeed? Try and see if Nigerians are indeed timid… Several years ago comedians joked and said “we can’t have suicide bombers in naija” Today they will be sorry if they said that!!!

  • AHMED SARKI

    Dont worry Tambual people are with you.

  • felix

    it must be me , remember campore so let d people chose who will govern them

  • oma law

    He who betray his bosom friend will never go unpunished. This is just the begining. The ghost of Thomas Sankara is coming!!!

  • Guguru

    To suggest this cannot happen in Nigeria, is false. June 12 happened. Boko Haram happened, and so we shall have a revolution one day too.

  • basset eniang

    Except God, what is, will pass! It took only 4 days and the blood sacrifice of 5 citizens! The message.. power truly resides with determined people who refuse to be intimidated and do not fear death.. or accept it willingly!

  • igbiki

    IBB = ABACHA

  • Chief Ovie Obaro, JP

    Since Ex-President Comparoare is roaming about looking for where to stay, I hereby urge great Jona to be his brother’s keeper and grant
    the traitor political asylum. The continent Nigerian govt should therefore look for a suitable and very comfortable accommodation for him in Mubi town or Sambissa garden city where he will have eternal peace. Nonsense!