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Compaore fires government and army chief


Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has dissolved his government and named a new army chief.

In three separate decrees, Compaore announced that “the secretaries-general of the ministries will be in charge of current affairs” until a new cabinet of ministers is appointed on a date he did not specify.

The president, 60, also named Colonel-Major Honore Nabere Traore as army chief to replace General Dominique Djindjere.

Compaore’s move comes one day after military officers went on the rampage in barracks across the capital of Ouagdougou in a protest over unpaid allowances.

Thousands of people also protested over rising prices on Thursday, which analysts say have been driven up by the recent instability in neighbouring Ivory Coast.

Compaore has been in office since 1987 after taking power in a coup and then winning four elections.

AFP contributed to this report

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