Following violent protests in Burkina Faso over President Blaise Compaore‘s attempt to extend his 27-year-rule, he has resigned, and the military has taken over the ruling of the country.
Compaore, announced his resignation via a statement read on television, BBC reports.
Here’s an excerpt:
“In order to preserve the democratic gains, as well as social peace, I declare a power vacuum to allow the establishment of a transition leading to free and fair elections within a maximum of 90 days. For my part, I think I have fulfilled my duty.”
Military Chief Honore Traore has taken over as head of state.
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