Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso's former ruling party suspended

2014-12-16 08:04

Transitional authorities in Burkina Faso have suspended the political party of the president who was forced from power earlier this year.

Burkina wants to extradite former president

2014-11-28 07:40

Burkina Faso will ask Morocco to extradite ousted leader Blaise Compaore, interim Prime Minister Isaac Zida told reporters after the new government's first meeting.

Interim government meets in Burkina Faso

2014-11-24 15:42

Burkina Faso’s interim government has met for the first time, with the military retaining key jobs about three weeks after it seized power amid a popular uprising.

Burkina govt set to be named after delay

2014-11-23 14:06

The delayed announcement of Burkina Faso’s interim minister is expected, with the country waiting to see the extent of military influence under civilian President Michel Kafando.

Ousted Burkina leader arrives in Morocco from I Coast

2014-11-21 08:47

Burkina Faso’s deposed president Blaise Compaore has arrived in Morocco from Ivory Coast, where he has been in exile since his ouster in a popular revolt last month, the Moroccan foreign ministry says.

Burkina Faso: Military leader Zida is new PM

2014-11-19 18:47

The military colonel who briefly seized control of Burkina Faso after the long-time president stepped down has been chosen to serve as prime minister of the transitional government.

Kafando sworn in as Burkina Faso transitional leader

2014-11-18 14:55

Michel Kafando has been sworn in as transitional president of Burkina Faso, faced with the task of leading the West African country to elections in a year following a brief military takeover.

African Union welcomes new Burkina Faso leader

2014-11-17 11:30

The AU has welcomed the appointment of career diplomat Michel Kafando as Burkina Faso’s interim president following the ousting of its veteran leader.

Burkina army, civil groups agree transition pact

2014-11-14 09:26

Burkina Faso's army has reached an agreement with opposition parties, civil groups and religious leaders for a transition to civilian rule, after the ouster of president Blaise Compaore.

Burkina roadmap agreed 'but needs top brass OK'

2014-11-13 13:09

Army and civil groups in Burkina Faso have sketched out a blueprint for a transition to civilian rule that now needs the stamp of approval from top military brass, mediators say.

Time running out for deal on Burkina transition govt – AU chief

2014-11-11 12:05

The head of the AU has held talks in Burkina Faso on the west African country’s transition to civilian rule following the ouster of veteran president Blaise Compaore, warning time was running short.

AU chief in Burkina Faso for transition talks

2014-11-10 13:29

The chief of the African Union has arrived in Burkina Faso for urgent talks on the country’s political transition following the ouster of veteran president Blaise Compaore.

Burkina army declines to join transition talks

2014-11-08 21:07

Burkina Faso’s army has declined to join talks with the opposition and civilian groups on a transition government.

Burkina Faso leaders meet to discuss transition

2014-11-06 14:04

Opposition leaders and members of civil society are meeting in Burkina Faso to decide the composition of a transitional government and what they expect from its leader.

African leaders in Burkina to urge army to hand over power

2014-11-05 14:43

Three west African leaders have arrived in Burkina Faso to pressure the country’s army into keeping its promise of a speedy handover of power to civilian government after the fall of president Blaise Compaore.

Burkina's military leader wants transition 'within 2 weeks'

2014-11-05 08:15

Burkina Faso's new military leader wants to return the country to civilian rule “within weeks”, a union leader who met him says.

Canada suspends Burkina aid

2014-11-04 20:22

Canada has suspended development assistance to Burkina Faso after the West African country's military seized power.

Hope, dismay in Burkina's burned-out second city

2014-11-04 14:44

A statue of Burkina Faso’s long-standing president Blaise Compaore has been torn down by protesters who also hit it with sticks afterwards.

AU gives Burkina military two weeks

2014-11-03 22:33

The African Union has give Burkina Faso military authorities two weeks to return power to a civilian government or face sanctions.

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2014-11-03 17:04

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Burkina Faso army vows unity govt

2014-11-03 07:34

Burkina Faso’s military has vowed to install a unity government after tightening its control over the west African nation, firing tear gas and shots in the air to disperse protesters denouncing an army power grab.

Thousands protest power grab in Burkina Faso

2014-11-02 16:07

Several thousand people have gathered in the capital of Burkina Faso to protest the army's power grab after the turbulent ouster of president Blaise Compaore.

Burkina Faso parties reject army's leadership

2014-11-01 22:34

A coalition of Burkina Faso's opposition parties and civil society organisations have rejected the army's takeover of power.

Compaore arrives in Ivory Coast

2014-11-01 15:47

Burkina Faso's former ruler Blaise Compaore, who resigned amid mass protests against his 27-year rule, has arrived in neighbouring Ivory Coast,


Illegal strike forces Avocet to halt operations

2014-12-08 10:50

Gold miner Avocet Mining says it has halted operations at its Inata gold mine in Burkina Faso due to an illegal strike.

24 killed in Burkina's anti-Compaore uprising

2014-11-26 17:55

Twenty-four people were killed and 624 others were wounded in the popular uprising that toppled long-time president Blaise Compaore in October, a committee appointed by PM Isaac Zida says.

Burkina military retains powerful posts in new cabinet

2014-11-24 08:08

Burkina Faso's new interim government will hold its first meeting, with the military retaining powerful posts after the army took over in the wake of a popular revolt.

Burkina's Compaore to stay for limited period – Morocco

2014-11-21 19:37

Burkina Faso's former president Blaise Compaore, who was toppled in a popular uprising last month, will stay in Morocco for a limited period after fleeing his country, the Moroccan government says.

Burkina Faso army maintains hold on power

2014-11-20 11:20

Burkina Faso’s military is maintaining a grip on government despite pressure for a civilian transition, with the army officer who took power after the fall of president Blaise Compaore coming in as PM.

Burkina Faso set to appoint army's Zida as PM

2014-11-19 10:03

Veteran diplomat Michael Kafando, just sworn in as Burkina Faso’s interim president,is set to appoint army strongman Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister, an official says.

AU, Ecowas welcome new Burkina Faso leader

2014-11-17 22:29

The African Union and the West African regional bloc have welcomed the appointment of diplomat Michel Kafando as Burkina Faso's interim president.

Burkina Faso names Michel Kafando as transitional leader

2014-11-17 06:29

Authorities in Burkina Faso have named former foreign minister Michel Kafando as transitional president n important step towards returning the West African country to democracy after a brief military takeover.

Burkina Faso govt to have civilian leader

2014-11-14 19:19

Opposition parties, army representatives and religious leaders in Burkina Faso have reached an agreement on forming a one-year transitional government headed by a civilian president, report say.

Burkina Faso general goes to France for treatment

2014-11-13 16:24

A general who attempted to declare himself president of Burkina Faso amid that country’s chaos has flown to France for medical treatment.

Burkina deadline dropped

2014-11-11 22:37

The African Union is still urging a transfer of power from the army to a transitional government in Burkina Faso, but is no longer threatening the country with sanctions if the handover is not done within two weeks.

Burkina Faso parties propose role for army

2014-11-10 14:32

A transitional period in Burkina Faso leading to 2015 elections should be headed by a civilian president, but include a government with members of the army, says a proposal by political parties.

Burkina Faso talks agree on plan for civilian rule

2014-11-10 05:05

Opposition parties, civil society groups and religious leaders have adopted a plan for a transitional authority to guide Burkina Faso to elections.

Burkina Faso leader angry at regional mediators

2014-11-07 08:15

Burkina Faso's military leader has lashed out at regional mediators, saying he wasn't concerned about a two-week deadline imposed by the AU for him to hand over power or face crippling sanctions.

Burkina talks agree 1-year transition, polls in Nov 2015

2014-11-06 07:35

Burkina Faso’s army, politicians and civil society leaders have agreed to a one-year political transition with elections in November 2015 following highly charged crisis talks.

France facilitated evacuation of Burkina's Compaore

2014-11-05 08:15

France has facilitated the evacuation of Burkina Faso’s president in the heat of the west African country’s political crisis to neighbouring Ivory Coast, French President Francois Hollande says.

AU names ex-Togo PM as Burkina Faso envoy

2014-11-04 22:49

The African Union has named Togo's former prime minister as special envoy to Burkina Faso following the popular uprising that toppled Blaise Compaore, a statement said Tuesday.

Burkina's army vows to give power back to civilians

2014-11-04 18:40

Burkina Faso's army-appointed leader has promised he would “give power back” to a civilian government, a traditional chief says.

Burkina strongman not loved in Ivory Coast

2014-11-04 05:05

Burkina Faso's ousted strongman Blaise Compaore may have been granted a luxury haven in Ivory Coast, but on the streets of Yamoussoukro few cheer for a man some blame for a decade of strife in their own country.

Burkina army promises 'consensus' leader

2014-11-03 21:41

The head of Burkina Faso's military regime promised to deliver a 'consensus' leader in talks on installing a unity government in the west African nation following a violent crackdown.


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Burkina Faso army tightens grip

2014-11-03 05:00

Burkina Faso's army has seized control of the capital's main square, firing tear gas and shots in the air to disperse thousands of protesters denouncing a power grab by the military.

Burkina Faso braces for new protest

2014-11-02 10:52

Burkina Faso is preparing for another day of mass protest as opposition and civil society leaders challenge moves by the military to step into the power vacuum left by the ouster of president Blaise Compaore.

Burkina Faso army backs officer to lead transition

2014-11-01 20:06

Burkina Faso's military has backed a presidential guard officer to lead a transitional government after the resignation of President Blaise Compaore.

Officer takes charge in Burkina Faso

2014-11-01 10:02

An officer in Burkina Faso's presidential guard has seized power, promising to lead the country to elections after the resignation of President Blaise Compaore.

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