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2014-10-31 Army Chief Takes Over
[Deutsche Welle]The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces has taken power after mass demonstrations forced President Blaise Compaore to resign. There have been days of violent protests against the leader's 27-year rule.

2014-10-31 Compaoré's Bid to Extend His Rule Backfires
[ISS]The vote on the controversial bill to change the Burkina Faso constitution to allow President Blaise Compaoré to run for a third term was scheduled for yesterday, 30 October, but ended up not taking place.

2014-10-31 Burkina Faso - Revolution or Protest?
[Chatham House]Have we been watching Burkina Faso’s people power revolution – or just a wave of angry urban protest that will be contained as President Blaise Compaoré’s regime regains its nerve?

2014-10-31 AU Deeply Concerned By the Unfolding Situation in Burkina Faso
[African Union]Addis Ababa -The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed deep concern about the unfolding situation in Burkina Faso and is following its evolution very closely. She has called for calm and utmost restraint from all the parties concerned.

2014-10-31 Anti-Compaore Protests Resume
[Deutsche Welle]Protesters have again taken to the streets of the capital of Burkina Faso to demand that the president step down immediately. This comes a day after violent protests convinced him to agree to leave office next year.

2014-10-31 Army Says Compaoré No Longer in Power
[RFI]French Foreign Affairs Secretary Laurent Fabius on Friday called for calm in Burkina Faso as protesters took to the streets after President Blaise Compaoré refused to leave power and the army announced it had taken control. Compaoré announced his resignation on Friday afternoon.

2014-10-31 Compaoré Quits After Army Takes Power
[Deutsche Welle]The president of Burkina Faso has stepped down after days of protests demanding his resignation. The demonstrators had been angered by Blaise Compaore's plan to run for a fifth term in office.

2014-10-31 Army Forces Compaoré Out
[RFI]French Foreign Affairs Secretary Laurent Fabius on Friday called for calm in Burkina Faso as protesters prepared to take to the streets after President Blaise Compaoré refused to resign and the army announced it had taken control.

2014-10-31 Chambas - 'Do Everything to Help Burkina Faso'
[Deutsche Welle]Protests resumed in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, on Friday with demonstrators demanding President Blaise Compaore step down. The UN special envoy spoke about the situation in an exclusive DW interview.

2014-10-31 Press in Burkina Faso Must Be Protected Amid Anti-Government Protests
[CPJ]Lagos -The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that protesters stormed and looted the offices of Burkina Faso's national broadcaster Radiodiffusion Television du Burkina in the capital, Ouagadougou, today. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest a constitutional amendment that would allow President Blaise Compaore to seek re-election next year, according to reports.

2014-10-31 President's Departure 'Non-Negotiable'
[Deutsche Welle]As Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore refuses to immediately resign, leader of the opposition Benewende Sankara says the president is "duping the people.' At least 30 protesters have died in demonstrations so far.

2014-10-31 White House On Deteriorating Situation in Burkina Faso
[White House]Washington, DC -Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Situation in Burkina Faso

2014-10-31 I Won't Resign - Compaore
[allAfrica]Cape Town -Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore refused to resign in the face of violent protests against his 30-year rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved, Al Jazeera America has reported.

2014-10-31 Welcoming President Compaore's Commitment to a Democratic Transition
[State Department]Washington, DC -Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson

2014-10-31 Statement by the Government of South Africa on the Situation in Burkina Faso
[SA Govt]Pretoria -The South African Government notes with concern the ongoing political developments in the Republic of Burkina Faso.

2014-10-31 Ipu Urges Political Dialogue to Ensure Swift Return to Constitutional Rule in Burkina Faso
[PR Newswire]Bern, Switzerland -IPU deplores the reported dissolution of parliament in Burkina Faso and is strongly urging all sides in the West African country to engage in genuine dialogue to ensure a rapid return to constitutional rule.

2014-10-31 Press in Burkina Faso Must Be Protected Amid Anti-Government Protests
[PR Newswire]New York -The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that protesters stormed and looted the offices of Burkina Faso's national broadcaster Radiodiffusion Television du Burkina in the capital, Ouagadougou, today. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest a constitutional amendment that would allow President Blaise Compaore seek re-election next year, according to reports.

2014-10-31 Security Deteriorates As Protests Spread Across Burkina Faso
[Deutsche Welle]Ire over a planned change to Burkina Faso's constitutional amendment has sparked widespread protests. Government buildings have come under attack - including parliament - as have national broadcasters.

2014-10-31 Compaore Says Will Step Down As Burkina Faso President
[Deutsche Welle]Burkina Faso's president says he is ready to discuss a transitional government. Blaise Compaore has pledged to hand over power once the interim regime runs its course.

2014-10-30 Test of African Democracy - Burkina and Beyond
[allAfrica]Washington, DC -On Thursday the former soldier who seized power in Burkina Faso 27 years ago agreed to negotiate with opponents. The announcement was a response to massive popular demonstrations against President Blaise Compaore’s intention to extend his rule for another term. While most protesters were peaceful, violence left Parliament and other buildings in flames. Amid reports in the evening that the military had taken over in what amounted to another coup, social media celebrated that some soldiers had join

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