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Facing protests, Burkina Faso leader halts bid to cling to power
Facing protests, Burkina Faso leader halts bid to cling to power

In a compelling show of people power rare in West Africa, demonstrators in Burkina Faso on Thursday forced President Blaise Compaore to abandon at least for now his attempt to change the constitution to allow him to seek another term in power after 27 years at the helm. Furious demonstrators broke into the parliament, where a vote had been due to take place to change the constitutional limit on presidential terms, and set it afire. Police trying to guard the building were forced to give way as the protesters surged forward, according to news agency reports. A police helicopter flew overhead, firing tear gas at demonstrators as they moved through the city. As smoke poured from the...

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