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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.


From Belfast Telegraph