Burkina Faso’s national assembly dissolved following violent protests

Burkina Faso’s national assembly dissolved following violent protests

The head of Burkina Faso’s armed forces has announced the dissolution of the national assembly and the creation of a national transitional government to last a maximum of 12 months, though he did not say who would lead it.

It comes after  tens of thousands of protesters, demanding the ousting of Burkina Faso’s veteran President Blaise Compaore, faced off with security forces outside the presidential palace overnight, after burning parliament and ransacking state television.

“A transitional body will be put in place in consultation with all parties. A return to the constitutional order is expected in no more than 12 months,” General Honore Traore told a news conference following the violence.

White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement that the United States was deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Burkina Faso and called on all parties to end the violence.

France, which has a special forces base there that conducts operations across the Sahel, also appealed for restraint by all sides. Local media reported that the French ambassador met opposition leaders.

Burkina Faso is one of the world’s poorest nations but has positioned itself as a mediator in regional crises. It is also a key ally in Western operations against al Qaeda-linked groups in West Africa.

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