Burkina Faso: African Leaders Pressure Army For Power Handover

The presidents of Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal are to visit Burkina Faso to press the military for a speedy handover of power to a civilian ruler.

Representing the West African regional body, ECOWAS, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Ghana’s John Mahama are expected to arrive in the capital, Ouagadougou later today.

The African Union, AU, says the army acted unconstitutionally when it took over after President Blaise Compaore was forced to resign on Friday.

The AU on Monday gave the army a two-week ultimatum to hand over power to a civilian leader. Interim leader Lt Col Isaac Zida has promised to comply.

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