Burkina president resumes power after week-long coup

Burkina Faso's interim leader Michel Kafando speaks to the press in Ouagadougou on September 23, 2015Burkina Faso’s interim President Michel Kafando officially resumed power Wednesday after a week-long coup by renegade troops, whose leader conceded the enterprise had been a “mistake” lacking popular support. “The coup is over,” the putschists’ leader General Gilbert Diendere said as he and his backers bowed to pressure from regional powers and former colonial ruler France. The move came after marathon talks brokered by the ECOWAS west African regional bloc in bid to restore calm to a country in transition following 27 years of iron-fisted rule by Blaise Compaore, who was ousted as president last October and fled the country.

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