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Burkina Faso president's attempt to extend 27-year rule backfires
Burkina Faso president's attempt to extend 27-year rule backfires

One of Africa's longest-serving leaders, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, was forced to dissolve his government Thursday after severely misreading popular anger over his attempt to extend his 27 years in power. Compaore declared a national state of emergency after thousands of protesters invaded the parliament and burned it down, before attacking, torching or looting other major symbols of power in Ouagadougou, the capital. Those included the ruling party's headquarters, city hall, houses of members of the ruling party, a hotel used by lawmakers and residences of members of the Compaore family, according to local radio. Compaore, an influential regional power broker,...

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