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Army tries to restore order in Burkina Faso

  • The army tried to restore order and fill in a power vacuum in Burkina Faso, clearing thousands of protesters and opening fire at the national TV station, after President Blaise Compaore resigned two days ago, media reports say.

    One person reportedly died in the firing.

    Mass protests in this small west African nation brought a swift end to Compaore’s 27-year-old rule. 

    Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida is the transitional leader approved by the army. An army spokesperson said the military did not seek power, but “the anarchy needs to stop.”

     

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