The collapse of Burkina Faso

  • A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against their longtime President Blaise Compaore in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso’’s parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president’’s rule during his 27 years in power.
  • Protesters shout out as they go on a rampage near the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people demonstrate against longtime President Blaise Compaore, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Oct. 30, 2014. 
  • An anti-government protester wears a sash taken from the looted parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 31, 2014. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Burkina Faso on Friday to press President Blaise Compaore to step down, a day after the army dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government in the face of violent mass protests. 
  • Anti-government protesters take over the state TV podium in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014. Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso’s presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices on Thursday, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule. 
  • Riot police arrest an anti-government protester in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014. Emergency services said at least three protesters were shot dead and several others wounded by security forces when the crowd tried to storm the home of Compaore’s brother. Security forces also fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters near the presidency in the Ouaga 2000 neighborhood. 
  • Soldiers hit an anti-government protester with a stick in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.
  • Anti-government protesters face down police in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.
  • Police arrest an anti-government protester in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014. 
  • Protesters pour water on a injured man near the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against longtime President Blaise Compaore, Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.
  • Anti-government protesters throw rocks at police in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014. 
  • A man watches cars burn at a hotel where members of the parliament were said to be staying in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014.
  • Anti-government protesters take over the parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014. 
  • Protesters march past graffiti reading “No to power for life,” referring to President Blaise Compaore, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas at rock-throwing protesters after tens of thousands of people marched through Burkina Faso’s capital on Tuesday, calling for Compaore to abandon plans to change term limits to stay in power. 
  • An anti-government protester throws a tear gas canister at riot police in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014. 
  • An anti-government protester stands in front of a pool at a hotel where members of the parliament were said to be staying in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014. 

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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.

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