Rival officers claim power in Burkina Faso

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An army general and a colonel have both announced they will lead a transition to democracy after Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore was pushed out by street protests, ending a 27-year reign. Colonel Yacouba Zida said in a recorded address posted early on Saturday on the website of a national television station that he was filling the vacuum. “While we wait to define in a consensual manner, with all of the political parties and civil society organisations, the contours and composition of this peaceful democratic transition,”…

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