Burkina Faso

AU issues ultimatum to military


The African Union (AU) has given the military authorities of Burkina Faso two weeks to return power to the civilian authorities or face sanctions.

The move comes after the military authorities took over control of the government on Sunday and appointed Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as interim President. Concerned that the military would not return control following the departure of President Blaise Compaoré the AU has taken a tough line along with the European Union and United States.

The military has promised to return power to a transitional government as soon as possible and talks were under way on Monday. Normally, when the President resigns the constitution allows for the head of the National Assembly to take office for a transitional 90 day period. However, he too has fled the country along with the President.

Meanwhile the capital is returning to normal after a week of protests which brought down President Blaise Compaoré after 27 years in power. The President fled to the Ivory Coast.

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