Burkina Faso a warning to other African leaders

Men shout slogans in front of burning cars near the Burkina Faso's Parliament on October 30, 2014 in Ouagadougou, as they protest against plans to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year ruleViolent clashes in Burkina Faso that led to the overthrow of the president are a stark warning to other African leaders pushing constitutional change to hang on to power, analysts say. Chaos in Burkina Faso erupted this week as lawmakers prepared to vote to allow 63-year-old Blaise Compaore — who took power in a 1987 coup — to contest elections in November 2015. While Compaore was forced out Friday, Burkina Faso is far from alone in having a president reluctant to relinquish office. “It is a warning both to ageing regimes and for those trying to stay in power beyond constitutional limits,” said Thierry Vircoulon of the International Crisis Group (ICG).

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