Sunday, April 17, 2011

Burkina Faso government dissolved


In a surprise news and adding up to the instability of the North African region, Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaoré on Friday has abolished the government he ruled since 1987.
The decision to dissolve the government of the country that was formerly known as Upper Volta, was due to the uprising in the capital Ouagadougou by members of presidential guard on late Thursday that continued on Friday, reported the Al Jazeera.
Compaoré announced that until a new cabinet is appointed in an unspecified date, "the secretaries-general of the ministries will be in charge of current affairs."
The 60-year-old leader of the Western African state named a new army chief Colonel-Major Honore Nabere Traore. He will replace the sacked General Dominique Djindjere.
Witnesses said it was chaotic with soldiers looting and open firing in the capital city.
Pierre Tapsoba, a resident of the Gounghin neighbourhood in the western part of the capital city said, "I was going in the direction of the Lamizana [military] camp when I heard the gunfire. I saw people rushing back towards me, so I turned around and went back home."
Another witness had seen soldiers speeding the streets on four-wheel-drive pick-up trucks and firing in the air.
A taxi driver was dragged out of his vehicle, which was taken away by the mutineers.
A private radio station, Savane FM, was also ransacked and was put off the air.
Consumer goods' stores were looted. Several people including civilians were slightly hurt.
A former French colony until 1960, Burkina Faso is a landlocked country surrounded by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
Details of this report here.
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