Burkina Faso still unstable despite imposition of curfew (2)

10:23, April 19, 2011      

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Through a presidential decree, the Burkina Faso president also appointed Colonel Major Nabere Honore Traore as the chief of general staff for the national army. He replaced Dominique Djendjere.

He also appointed Colonel Boureima Kere to replace Colonel Major Gilbert Diendere as the head of the presidential security brigade.

On Friday, the authorities paid part of the housing and food allowance to the presidential guards.

On Saturday, traders within the capital descended on the streets to protest against the looting that had been carried out in their shops by the mutineers.

The traders attacked the country's parliament, the headquarters of the ruling party, the city hall and a private television station. They were later dispersed by the gendarmes and police officers.

On the same day, after the protest march by the traders, Burkina Faso authorities imposed a curfew within and around Ouagadougou from 7 p.m to 6 a.m (local time and GMT).

Sporadic gunshots could be heard throughout the weekend and most of the terrified residents remained indoors.

The home to the country's opposition leader was ransacked and his vehicle was set on fire.
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