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Burkina Faso general takes over as Compaore resigns

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Burkina Faso general takes over as Compaore resigns

Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, according to BBC.

 

Mr Compaore issued a statement, saying the presidency was now vacant and urging elections within 90 days.

Military chief Gen Honore Traore said he had taken over as head of state.

On Thursday, protesters angry at Mr Compaore’s attempt to amend the constitution set fire to parliament and government buildings.

Following the protests, Mr Compaore said he had agreed not to seek another term, but he would remain in power until a transitional government had completed its work in 2015.

However, the opposition continued to demand that he resign. Its leader, Zephirin Diabre, urged protesters to occupy public spaces.

There were cheers when an army spokesman told the crowd gathered in front of army headquarters on Friday that Mr Compaore had left office, AFP news agency reports.

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