Burkina coup leader pledges election 'soon' as 3 dead in protests

Residents burn tyres on a street in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on September 17, 2015 after the presidential guard declared a coupA general close to ousted strongman Blaise Compaore took the lead in a Burkina Faso coup and promised elections would be held “soon”, as the death toll from gunshots fired at protesters rose to three. The power grab began on Wednesday when soldiers from the elite presidential guard (RSP) burst into a cabinet meeting and seized interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida. The move plunged the country into fresh uncertainty but coup leader General Gilbert Diendere — Compaore’s former chief-of-staff — insisted he still wanted elections to take place.

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