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Burkina Faso’s president resigns amid violent protests [VIDEO]

Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule.

Mr Compaore issued a statement saying the presidency was now vacant and urging elections within 90 days.

Military chief Gen Honore Traore says he has taken over as head of state.

On Thursday, protesters angry at Mr Compaore’s attempt to amend the constitution set fire to parliament and government buildings.

Burkina Faso’s president resigns amid violent protests

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