- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) - An army general took power in Burkina Faso Friday after President Blaise Compaore stepped down, ending 27 years as the country’s leader.

Army Gen. Honore Traore, the joint chief of staff, has assumed power, state radio announced.

Compaore was forced out of office by a burst of violent protests in which parliament was set ablaze. The protesters refused to accept anything short of Compaore’s immediate resignation.

Opposition protesters gathered in a square in the capital burst into cheers when they heard the announcement of Compaore’s resignation on hand-held radios. They had been massing for a second day to push for Compaore to leave after a day of unrest had already persuaded the longtime leader not to run again for election.

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