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Burkina Faso president bows to protesters, says he is stepping down
Burkina Faso president bows to protesters, says he is stepping down

After 27 years in power, the president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, bowed to popular anger and announced Friday that he was stepping down after a failed attempt to seek a fifth term in office. Compaore, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders, made the announcement on national television after initially trying to brush off mass protests and opposition calls for him to quit, insisting he would stay in power for another year while a transitional government was installed. Opposition leaders bluntly rejected his last-ditch attempt to cling to power. Compaore was forced from office by massive popular protests that have been dubbed the “Black Spring." The...

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