Reuters is reporting that Burkina Faso’s interim President Isaac Zida said on Monday that the army would cede power to a transition government headed by a consensual leader, in a bid to calm accusations that it had seized power in a military coup.
Longtime president Blaise Compaoré stepped down after 27 years in office amid growing protests over his attempt to remain in office. Burkina Faso’s military took power, appointing Zida as interim president.
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“Our understanding is that the executive powers will be led by a transitional body but within a constitutional framework that we will watch over carefully,” he [Isaac] told a gathering of diplomats in the capital Ouagadougou, without giving a time frame.”
Burkina Faso is one of the West’s greatest allies in the region.
This story is developing.