Burkina Faso has imposed a state of emergency and its government has been dissolved, in the wake of violent rioting and protests aimed at ending the 27-year rule of President Blaise Compaore.
As mass protests are continuing in the capital of Ouagadougou, angry crowds of protesters had set fire to parliament and other government buildings, forcing officials to abandon a vote aimed at allowing Compaore to seek re-election in 2015. Moreover, protesters have converged on the main square in the capital and demanded Compaore’s immediate resignation.
According to reports, the military has fired live bullets as crowds have stormed government buildings. It is believed that dozens of soldiers have also joined the protests, including a former defense minister, Gen. Kouame Lougue, whom protesters are demanding be installed as the new president of Burkina Faso.
By Leigh Haugh