Anti-government protesters in Burkina Faso today set their National parliament ablaze following a decision by members of parliament to review the country’s constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore extend his 27-year rule. The parliament members were due to vote on a change on their constitution which would allow the sitting president, Blaise Compaore – who took power in a coup in 1987 – to stand for re-election again next year, when he was due to stand down.
“We did this because Blaise was trying to stay too long. We are tired of him. We want a change. He must go!”
The violence forced the government to temporarily scrap a vote on the constitutional amendments.Relative calm has since returned to the capital city. See pics from the mayhem below…
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