Burkina Faso; military seizes control

Source:CNN

(CNN) — The military in the West African nation of Burkina Faso seized control of the government on Thursday and set a dusk-to-dawn curfew in what one general described as an effort to protect lives and restore order.

Unrest has gripped Burkina Faso — a key ally for the West in the fight against al Qaeda — as protests against President Blaise Compaore’s government turned violent, culminating Thursday with demonstrators storming the Parliament and setting fire to the building.

Saying it was in the best interest of the country’s citizens and supported by “national and international opinion,” Gen. Honore Nabere Traore told reporters in the capital city of Ouagadougou that the “government is dissolved.

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