Friday, October 31, 2014

President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso resigned amidst mass demonstrations.

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President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso (a country in West Africa) resigned amidst mass demonstrations against his attempt to amend the country’s constitution and extend his 27-year rule in the country. Angry protesters on Thursday set fire to parliament and government buildings. Military chief Gen Honore Traore is said to have taken over as head of state "in line with constitutional measures". In his speech to the nation he said..…"Considering the urgency of saving the nation, I have decided that I will assume from this day the responsibility of the head of state,"

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Even in Africa, hanging on to political power for too long can be dangerous these days. Is this the beginning of a Sub-Saharan Spring? Burkina Faso's crisis is being watched closely by the US and France and perhaps by neighboring despotic rulers who are reaching the end of their tenure in office amid increasing popular discontent.

Watch Video: Army chief statement on Burkina Faso unrest

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