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  1. Burkina Faso’s President Steps Down

    After 27 years in power, President Blaise Compaore has resigned. He released a statement Friday saying the presidential seat is vacant, as a military spokesperson announced the news to cheering protesters in Ouagadougou, the capital. Violent protests this week killed up to 30 people, torched buildings and caused Compaore to dissolve parliament. The protestors came in response to the (now former) president seeking a constitutional amendment to let him run for another term. Military chief Gen Honore Traore has taken over, “in line with constitutional measures.”


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