Burkina army pledges 'consensus' govt as AU issues two-week deadline

Burkinese Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida, named by Burkina Faso's army as interim leader following the ousting of president Blaise Compaore, speaks during a meeting with diplomats on November 3, 2014 in OuagadougouBurkina Faso’s military promised Monday to hand power to a “consensus” leader following the popular uprising that deposed Blaise Compaore, as African nations gave the regime two weeks to return to civilian rule. The army has stepped into a power vacuum left by Compaore, who was forced to resign last week in the wake of violent demonstrations at his attempt to extend his 27-year-rule that some have likened to the Arab Spring. It named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as interim head of state, sparking angry protests and prompting the international community to threaten sanctions if the army refused to back down and hand power back to the civilians. “The African Union is convinced that the change has been against democracy,” said Simeon Oyono Esono, head of the AU’s Peace and Security Council.

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