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Burkina army maintains hold on power as Zida named PM

Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando (L) walks with Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, who has been named prime minister, on November 19, 2014 at the presidential palace in OuagadougouThe army officer who took power after the fall of Burkina Faso’s president was Wednesday named prime minister, ensuring the military keeps a grip on government despite pressure for a civilian transition. Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida was appointed premier by the country’s interim president three weeks after longtime leader Blaise Compaore fled the country under pressure from mass protests. While interim president Michel Kafando, a former foreign minister, is a civilian, Zida’s appointment as head of his government showed the military had no immediate plans to retreat from a role in running the west African nation. In the immediate aftermath of Compaore’s fall, Zida, then second-in-command of the presidential guard, was installed in what appeared to be a military power grab.

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