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Burkina Faso president resigns amid protests

The President of Burkina Faso resigned on Friday after days of unrest that saw protesters set fire to the parliament building, reports the New York Times.

Campaore announced his resignation, after the military announced that they had decided to take the side of the protestors.

The recent protests against Campaore came after the former president tried to change legislation that would allow him to extend his term in power.

Blaise Campaore initially seized power of Burkina Faso in 1987 in a coup that saw the former president killed under suspicious circumstances.

Campaore, who was initially seen as a problematic leader for his alleged role in arming militants in Sierra Leone that were fighting against UN peacekeeping forces, was commended in recent years for working towards peace and stability in neighbouring countries including Mali and the Ivory Coast.