Burkina Faso’s President resigns

Blaise Compaore, Burkina Faso’s President has announced his resignation, following violent protests that trailed his attempt to extend his 27-year rule on October 31.

Compaore issued a statement saying the presidency was now vacant and urging elections within 90 days.

However, Military chief Gen Honore Traore said he had taken over as head of state “in line with constitutional measures.”

Crowds danced and cheered in the capital, Ouagadougou, after Compaore’s resignation was announced.

Compaore had earlier vowed to remain in power until a transitional government completed its work in 2015, although he had agreed not to seek another term.

 

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