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Why did one of Africa's longest-serving rulers step down?
Why did one of Africa's longest-serving rulers step down?

One of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, announced Friday that he was stepping down after his attempt to extend his 27 years in power touched off a violent popular uprising dubbed the country’s “Black Spring.” Compaore had survived previous attempts to topple him. His departure sends an unnerving message to aging autocrats in several other African nations, who have manipulated elections or amended constitutions in order to stay in power, reports Los Angeles Times Africa correspondent Robyn Dixon. Here is what you need to know about what is happening in Burkina Faso. Why did protests break out in Burkina Faso? Compaore...

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