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