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Burkina Faso president resigns amid protests

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:54

The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces claims power after President Blaise Compaore resigns, amid mass protests against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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After two days of often violent street protests... celebrations after the resignation of President Blaise Compaore. Hundreds of thousands of protesters have packed the streets of Ouagadougou -- chanting for retired General Kouame Lougue to lead the transitional government, ...even though Army Chief, General Honore Traore, has named himself interim leader. The protests began yesterday, over Compaore's bid to extend his 27 year rule by amending the constitution. Compaore hasn't been seen in public since declaring he would remain in power. But now, despite his change of mind, the mood remains tense...with the people of Burkina Faso unsure as to who will lead them now that their president of nearly three decades is gone.

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Burkina Faso president resigns amid protests

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:54