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Mass rally against extending Burkina president's mandate

Burkinabe opposition supporters take part in an opposition rally in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on August 23, 2014Tens of thousands of people marched Saturday in the capital of Burkina Faso to protest against any move by the president to extend his decades-hold on power, in the latest such opposition rally. Blaise Compaore, an often controversial titan of west African politics, has hinted he may seek a referendum on whether to change the constitution to allow him to run in 2015 polls. Organisers said more than 100,000 protesters had taken part in the Ouagadougou rally in what they termed “record mobilisation.” AFP was unable to get a police estimate. Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who used to be close to the president but has since become head of the MPP opposition party, said people had mobilised “against life-long power”.

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