The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces announced dissolution of national assembly and creation of a transitional government to last up to 12 months. Pavithra George reports
Thick smoke covers the streets of Ouagadougou - after angry demonstrators in Burkina Faso set the parliament on fire, protesting President Blaise Compaore's bid to extend his 27 year rule by amending the constitution. As the violence erupted, the government abandoned its plans - but the protests continued, prompting the military to step in. The spokesman for the head of Burkina Faso's armed forces announced the creation of a national transitional government, although he did not say who would lead it. (SOUNDBITE) (French) SPOKESMAN FOR BURKINA FASO MILITARY, READING OUT STATEMENT, SAYING: "A transitional body will be put in place in consultation with all parties. A return to the constitutional order is expected in no more than 12 months," At least three protesters were shot dead and scores were wounded by security forces as crowds tried to storm various state buildings. It is not immediately possible to confirm the whereabouts of President Compaore, who seized power in the gold and cotton-producing West African nation in a coup 27 years ago.