Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaoré resigns

  • Burkina Faso is staring at an uncertain future after Blaise Compaoré, the president who ruled the country for 27 years, resigned after a violent but popular uprising.

    Two senior rival army officers have both declared themselves to be in charge of the west African nation.

    General Honoré Traoré declared he was now in control. But disputing that claim, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, a commander in the president’s guard, said he was the “head of this transition and of head of state”.

    There have been reports of gunfire close to the presidential palace.



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