Burkina Faso still unstable despite imposition of curfew

10:23, April 19, 2011      

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Burkina Faso which is a West African landlocked country, has for the last 20 years been considered as one of Africa's most stable and peaceful countries.

No one could imagine that the situation in the country could deteriorate to the levels being witnessed now.

On Friday, the country's president, Blaise Compaore, dissolved the government through a presidential decree. Well placed sources have indicated that the new government could be in place before the end of this week.

On Saturday, the Burkina Faso authorities imposed a night curfew on the capital Ouagadougou in order to stabilize the situation.

Last Thursday and Friday, dozens of soldiers fired gunshots near the presidential palace, forcing the president to flee from the capital to his home town Ziniare.

Well placed sources attributed the gunshots to disgruntled presidential guards who were expressing their anger over the government's failure to fulfill some of their demands.

The presidential guard brigade got reinforcement from other military camps, especially the one based at Ouezin.

In order to cool the tension, President Compaore declared the dissolution of government on Friday. Permanent secretaries in various ministries will now be charged with the responsibility of running their respective ministries until a new governmental team is appointed.
 
 
     
 
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