Date
24 October 2017
A protester gestures at riot police during clashes in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, which has been placed under a state of emergency by the military. Photo: Reuters
A protester gestures at riot police during clashes in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, which has been placed under a state of emergency by the military. Photo: Reuters

Burkina Faso army seizes power, announces interim govt

Military authorities in the West African country of Burkna Faso have announced a transitional government after seizing power amid violence triggered by an attempt by President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule.

The army took control of the landlocked country after angry mobs set fire to parliament and government buildings in a day of rioting, BBC News reported Friday.

Protesters in the capital, Ouagadougou, are demanding Compaore’s resignation.

The emergency moves announced by army chief Gen. Honore Traore did not say who would lead the interim administration.

At a press conference, he declared an overnight curfew and the dissolution of parliament.

Gen. Traore announced that a “transitional body [would] be put in place in consultation with all parties”.

“A return to the constitutional order is expected in no more than 12 months,” he said.

President Compaore later said he would hand over power at the end of the transitional government.

Earlier, he issued a statement, declaring the emergency and saying that the head of the armed forces was in charge of implementing the decision.

The protests in the capital – the most serious yet against Compaore’s rule – forced lawmakers to abandon a vote aimed at allowing the president to seek reelection in 2015.

The main opposition leader, Zephirin Diabre, told a local radio station the state of emergency was unacceptable.

“We are calling on the people to show that they are against it,” he was quoted as saying. “The resignation of President Blaise Compaore is the only thing that can bring peace to the country.”

At least one person has been killed in the protests, the report said.

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