US 'deeply concerned' by Burkina Faso crisis

A protester wipes his face outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014, as cars and documents burn outsideThe United States warned Thursday that it was “deeply concerned” about the crisis unfolding in Burkina Faso and criticized a bid by the West African country’s president to alter the constitution. “We believe democratic institutions are strengthened when established rules are adhered to with consistency,” the White House said, after protesters set fire to the parliament in Ouagadougou. Protests erupted in Burkina Faso after supporters of President Blaise Compaore attempted to alter the constitution to remove term limits and allow him to stand for election to extend his 27-year-rule. “The United States is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Burkina Faso, resulting from efforts to amend the constitution to enable the incumbent head of state to seek another term after 27 years in office,” she said.

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