Burkina's President Blaise Compaore ousted

Burkina Faso’s embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Friday that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. Observers have drawn a parallel between the protests and the Arab Spring, while the situation is being closely watched across Africa, where at least four heads-of-state are pushing constitutional change to cling to power. Army chief Navere Honore Traore said he would take power “in line with constitutional measures”, a move which will prove hugely unpopular with the protesters, who see him as a close ally of Compaore. Traore is Blaise Compaore’s henchman,” said Monou Tapsoaba, an activist with the opposition People’s Movement for Progress.

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