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Burkina Faso Scrambles to Pick Leader Before Deadline

FILE - A man shouts as he and others are seen gathered at the Place de Nation calling for a civilian democratic transition in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Nov. 2, 2014.

Burkina Faso’s military rulers say the country's new interim civilian leader will be announced no later than Monday.

Politicians and representatives of the army, civil society and religious and traditional leaders met Sunday to name an interim president to lead the country back to civilian rule after longtime President Blaise Compaore abruptly stepped down last month.

An interim president was expected to be named Sunday night and confirmed on Monday, while a new prime minister was expected to be appointed by Wednesday.

Compaore resigned October 31 amid mounting opposition to his efforts to change the constitution that would have allowed him to stand for re-election next year and extend his 27-year rule.

He was replaced by Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida after the military suspended the constitution.

Earlier this month, the African Union issued an ultimatum to Burkina Faso's military leaders to establish interim institutions and pick an interim president by Monday or face sanctions.