Burkina Faso's army vows unity govt as protesters denounce power grab

Ouagadougou:  Burkina Faso's army has pledged to put in place a unity government to manage a political transition after a popular uprising forced long-ruling president Blaise Compaore to quit.

AFP| Updated: Nov 03, 2014, 04:15 AM IST
Burkina Faso's army vows unity govt as protesters denounce power grab

Ouagadougou:  Burkina Faso's army has pledged to put in place a unity government to manage a political transition after a popular uprising forced long-ruling president Blaise Compaore to quit.

 "A transition body will be put in place with all the components to be adopted by a broad consensus," according to a statement read out by colonel Auguste Barry, an aide of Isaac Zida, who had been named the country's interim leader by the army.

 "Power does not interest us, only the greater interest of the nation," said the army.

 "What is currently at stake is more than self interest," it added in the statement issued following talks between Zida and opposition leaders.

 The army's claim to seek a consensual transition government also comes after thousands of people rallied in the capital Ouagadougou yesterday to protest against what they say is a military power grab.