Burkina Faso’s president Blaise Compaoré resigns after street protests

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Compaoré swept from power after 27 years following popular uprising against plans to extend his rule

Blaise Compaore

Burkina Faso’s president, Blaise Compaoré, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has been swept from power after 27 years by a violent popular uprising.

Compaoré announced his resignation on Friday as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in protest at plans to extend his rule. The head of the armed forces, General Honoré Traoré, said he had taken charge of the west African country.

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3 comments on “Burkina Faso’s president Blaise Compaoré resigns after street protests

  1. Only this afternoon I read about the uprising. I have not even had the time to do proper research!

    See also:
    http://npong2franco.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/campaores-resignation-first-african-president-resignation-in-decades/

  2. Let’s hope this revolution was the real thing for a change. They don’t have any oil, do they?

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