Monday, 3 November 2014

Military Promises To Hand Over Power In Burkina Faso


Burkina Faso's military said Monday it will hand over to a transitional government under a leader chosen by all sectors of society, to fill the power vacuum since long-time President Blaise Compaore resigned last week and fled amid violent protests.

According to Houston Chronicle, Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida met with diplomats and African leaders and announced the country will be led by "a transitional body within the constitutional framework." He did not specify that the proposed leader would be a civilian and he provided no timetable.

The African Union's Peace and Security Council decided on Monday to give Burkina Faso's new leaders two weeks to return the country to constitutional rule and hinted that sanctions could be forthcoming, according to the AU's Twitter account. The AU expressed backing for the people of Burkina Faso's "aspiration for greater democracy."

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