Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

New Burkina Faso leader appointed

Burkina Faso's army has appointed a transitional leader after violent protests drove the president from power after 27 years.

A declaration signed by the joint chief of staff today appointed Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Yacouba Zida as the country's new president during the transitional period.

According to the declaration, "the period of transition" and its "form and duration will be determined later" after talks.

Blaise Compaore resigned yesterday after two days of violent demonstrations against the president's bid to amend the constitution to stand next year for another term.

His move left the impoverished west African country in a state of uncertainty and both Joint Chief of Staff General Honore Traore and Lt Col Zida had made remarks that they were in power.

Mr Compaore and his family are now in Ivory Coast.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph