Burkina Faso Leader To Hand Power

Lt. Col. Isaac
Lt. Col. Isaac

Burkina Faso’s interim President Isaac Zida said on Monday that the army would cede power to a transition government headed by a consensual leader, in a bid to calm accusations that it had seized power in a military coup.

The country’s longtime president Blaise Compaore stepped down last week after two days of mass protests over his bid to extend his rule. On Saturday, the military appointed Lieutenant Colonel Zida in a move criticized by opposition politicians and Western powers seeking a return to civilian rule.

“Our understanding is that the executive powers will be led by a transitional body but within a constitutional framework that we will watch over carefully,” he told a gathering of diplomats in the capital Ouagadougou, without giving a timeframe.

(Reporting by Mathieu Bonkougou; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Daniel Flynn)

Story and photo provided courtesy of Reuters



  1. Stay on them, African military they are all the same

  2. You are right Paul. They shouldn’t give them space to maneuver and try to retain power again. The army shouldn’t lead any transition because they are not meant to govern in the first place. Let a civilian head the transition until election.

  3. Luntango Suun Gann Gi

    No options Lt Col.; You could have been a hero but you waited to be pushed.

  4. The civilian has removed Blaise from power. why saying that they have overthrown Blaise. let the civilian form transitional government b4 elections. soldiers are the same look. what jammeh did to us but if our turn now to remove him.