Army officer takes over in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso's Lieutenant-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida (L) listens as Burkina Faso's General Pingrenoma Zagre (R) reads a statement at the end of a meeting with military commanders on November 1, 2014 in OuagadougouBurkina Faso’s army Saturday named a high-ranking military officer, Isaac Zida, to lead a transition government after a violent uprising toppled long-ruling president Blaise Compaore. Compaore resigned Friday after unrest over plans to extend his 27-year rule exploded into violence that saw parliament set ablaze, in protests closely watched across a continent where other veteran heads of state are also trying to cling to power. Zida, who beat out a rival claim by the west African nation’s army chief to fill the power vacuum, vowed to work closely with civil society. The African Union called for a “civilian-led and consensual transition” in the former French colony.

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