The collapse of Burkina Faso
President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso resigned on Friday following violent protests in the West African country, Reuters reported. He called for a transfer of power including democratic elections within three months.
Gen. Honore Traore, leader of Burkina Faso’s armed forces, said he had taken charge of the country following Compaore’s decision, according to the Reuters report.
Tens of thousands of people had gathered to protest in the streets of Burkina Faso earlier in the day to call for Compaore’s resignation. On Thursday, the army dissolved parliament and planned to implement a transitional government.
Compaore, who has led the country since 1987, had declared that he would remain in office and lead the interim government until the end of elections.
At least three protesters were fatally shot and scores were wounded after they clashed with security forces on Thursday, according to Reuters.