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Burkina Faso President, Compaore Resigns After Foiled Tenure Extension

Burkina Faso's President, Blaise Compaore

Following stiff opposition to his attempt to extend his almost three decades of reign, Burkina Faso’s President, Blaise Compaore has resigned from office.

Burkina Faso's President, Blaise Compaore

Burkina Faso’s President, Blaise Compaore

In a press statement Friday, the former President declared that the number one office of the country was now vacant and directed general elections to hold in the next 90 days.

Consequently, the country’s Military Chief, Gen. Honore Traore announced that he had taken over as head of state “in line with constitutional measures”.

The Military takeover broadcast however sparked wild  jubilation by the crowds who trooped out, danced and cheered in the Ouagadougou, capital of the country.

The protesters Thursday went on rampage over Compaore’s attempt to amend the constitution. The mob then set parliament house and government buildings on fire.

The embattled President  had previously vowed to remain in power until a transitional administration headed by him rounded off next year – 2015, with a promise not to extend his tenure.

The promise fell on the deaf hears of many citizens including the oppositions, led by Zephirin Diabre, who continued to mobilize protesters and urge them to sustain the struggle and remain to occupy public locations.


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