African Union gives Burkina Faso two weeks to return to civilian rule

The African Union on Monday gave Burkina Faso’s army two weeks to return the west African state to civilian rule and threatened sanctions if it failed to comply. “We ask the armed forces to transfer power to the civil authorities, and the council has determined a period of two weeks for the transfer,” said Simeon Oyono Esono, head of the AU’s Peace and Security Council, speaking in Spanish. The army has stepped into a power vacuum left by ousted leader Blaise Compaore, who was forced to resign the presidency last week in the wake of violent demonstrations at his attempt to extend his 27-year-rule. “The African Union is convinced that the change has been against democracy.

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