Burkina braces for protests over move to extend leader's rule

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore speaks to relatives and acquaintances of the victims of the Air Algerie crash gathered at the Presidential Palace in Ouagadougou on July 26, 2014Burkina Faso on Monday braced for a week of sweeping protests linked to a controversial vote to allow the country’s long-serving president to extend his rule beyond 30 years. Schools and universities closed Monday for a week across the impoverished west African nation as incensed opposition members vowed to fight a proposal to amend the constitution to extend President Blaise Compaore’s 27-year-rule. The opposition has called for a day of protests on Tuesday against what it describes as a constitutional coup. The National Assembly will on Thursday study the proposed constitutional amendment that would change extend the maximum term limit from two to three years and allow Campaore to run for reelection for another five-year term next year.

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