Burkina Faso lifts curfew after unrest
Ouagadougou - Authorities in Burkina Faso on Monday lifted a month-old curfew imposed on the capital Ouagadougou after mutinous soldiers went on a rampage.
In a statement, security minister Jerome Bougouma said "the curfew imposed in the commune of Ouagadougou has been definitively lifted from today, Monday, May 16".
The curfew was first imposed from 19:00 to 06:00 and later eased to from midnight to 05:00.
The curfew was imposed on April 16 after late-night rampages by mutinous soldiers and attacks on public buildings by angry shopkeepers.
Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, who took power in a coup in 1987, has been facing unprecedented demonstrations over the past two months, including an army mutiny and student riots against police that left several dead.
In a bid to quell the unrest, he fired army and police chiefs and formed a new government, naming himself defence minister, while promising subsidies on basic commodities and other urgent measures.
A total of 12 people have been killed since the protests began, some during a crackdown by security personnel.