African leaders urge Burkina army to hand over power

Three west African leaders held talks behind closed doors with Burkina Faso’s new military leader Wednesday to pressure him into swiftly handing over power to a civilian government after the fall of president Blaise Compaore. The presidents of Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal flew into Ouagadougou after Canada suspended its aid to the impoverished west African nation and other nations considered similar moves. Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida, the interim leader appointed by Burkina Faso’s military, told unions on Tuesday that he would return the country to civilian rule within two weeks, a day after the African Union threatened sanctions if the army failed to relinquish power within that timeframe.

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