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Burkina Faso Army Promises Unity Transitional Government


Lieutenant Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida (L) meets with opposition leader Zephirin Diabre in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Nov. 2, 2014.

Lieutenant Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida (L) meets with opposition leader Zephirin Diabre in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Nov. 2, 2014.

Burkina Faso's Army, which seized power Friday, says it will install a unity government to oversee a political transition spawned by the ouster of longtime President Blaise Compaore.

A brief military statement late Sunday said all of the components of the transitional body "will be adopted by a broad consensus." It did not provide details.

Sunday's announcement in Ouagadougou follows hours of widespread confusion about who will run the impoverished West African nation of 17 million.

A short while after Compaore's forced resignation, two military officers each claimed to be in charge. The military on Saturday named one of them, Lieutenant-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida, to head the transition.

Earlier Sunday, soldiers from the presidential guard fired shots to clear protesters gathered outside the national TV headquarters, after opposition party head Sara Sereme arrived there with a group of supporters.

The soldiers fired into the air and there were no reported injuries to protesters who had gathered to voice anger at military rule.

Compaore's 27-year rule in the former French colony ended Friday after two days of mass protests against his bid to change the constitution to seek a third presidential term. He then fled to Ivory Coast, and the army stepped in to fill the power vacuum.

Both the United States and the United Nations have called for a power transfer to civilian leadership. A U.N. spokesman on Sunday warned of possible sanctions if the military's Zida does not step aside.

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