Burkina Faso Military To Instal Transition Government

Burkina Faso’s military has promised to install a transitional government, days after it seized power as President Blaise Compaore’s was forced to resign by a popular protest.

The move came after soldiers had fired shots at the state TV station and barricaded the capital’s main square as thousands of protesters demanded the military give up power on sunday.

The UN has also condemned the military takeover and threatened sanctions.

Compaore had resigned on Thursday, following days of anti-government protests. The army then named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as the leader of a transitional government on Saturday.

However, thousands of protesters gathered on Sunday in the capital Ouagadougou, demonstrating against the army.

On Sunday evening, following a meeting with key opposition figures, a military spokesman said the army would put in place “a transition body with all the components to be adopted by a broad consensus.”

“Power does not interest us, only the greater interest of the nation,” the military said in a statement.

It had been necessary to disperse protesters to “restore order,” the statement said, adding that one demonstrator outside the state TV station had died.

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