Burkina Faso President Campaore Steps Down

Burkina Faso

Blaise Campaore, President of Burkina Faso, has issued a statement saying that he has stepped down. Protests have rocked the country since yesterday morning when a group calling for the president to step down after hearing that the Parliament would be considering an amendment allowing Campaore to stay in office beyond the end of his term next year. Army guards fired five bullets into the crowd to attempt to disperse them, and instead, they were rushed and protesters entered the Parliament building. What ensued was chaos, and the day saw increased protesting, the Parliament building itself saw plumes of smoke pouring from it, and reports came out all day of the increasing unrest. Campaore took power in Burkina Faso in 1987 in a coup, and has maintained power since with several highly questionable elections. This morning, he has bowed to a more direct expression of the will of the electorate and announced his departure from the presidency.

By Jim Malone

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