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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