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New transitional leader named

Published:Sunday | November 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Lt. Col. Issac Yacouba Zida

OUAGADOUGOU (AP):

Burkina Faso's army appointed a military colonel as transitional leader yesterday after the West African country's president resigned after 27 years in office amid violent protests against his continued power.

Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Yacouba Zida was unanimously appointed by the army to lead Burkina Faso, the army said in a declaration.

"The period of transition" and its "form and duration will be determined later", said the declaration that was drafted and signed after senior officers met with the joint chief of staff.

Blaise Compaore resigned last Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze following two days of violent demonstrations against his bid to amend the constitution to stand next year for another term.

His move left the impoverished West African country in a state of uncertainty, and both Joint Chief of Staff General Honore Traore and Zida had made remarks that they were in power.

Compaore, his family and those close to him had been taken in by Ivory Coast, according to a statement from the office of President Alassane Ouattara.

Zida was the second in command of the president's security regiment. Having been in Burkina Faso's ranks for more than two decades, Zida is close to the president and appreciated by lower-ranking soldiers.