Protesters torch Parliament building in Burkina Faso; military seizes control

JAMES BIGILA'S BLOG

(CNN)[Breaking news alert, 5:53 p.m. ET]

The military in the West African nation of Burkina Faso has dissolved the government and the Parliament, a military general said Thursday in the capital city of Ouagadougo.

“An interim authority will be set up in order to prepare the conditions for the return to normal constitutional order within a period of 12 months at the latest,” Gen. Honore Nabere Traore said.

The whereabouts of President Blaise Compaore were not immediately known, and it was not immediately clear if he had surrendered control of the country.

[Post published, 5:44 p.m. ET]

With protesters setting fire to the Parliament building in the West Africa country of Burkina Faso amid demands for economic change and political reform, President Blaise Compaore declared a state of emergency Thursday and dissolved the government.

Unrest has gripped Burkina Faso — a key ally for the West in…

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