Lieutenant-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida (L) and General Pingrenoma Zagre (R)
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Burkina Faso: Col Issac Zida named as transitional leader

Burkina Faso army chiefs have backed a military officer as transitional president.

In a statement, the army said Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida was "chosen unanimously to lead the transition period".

This appears to end confusion over who has succeeded President Blaise Compaore, who stood down amid unrest.

The statement was signed by army chief General Honore Traore, who had earlier declared himself head of state.

  • 01 Nov 2014
  • From the section Africa
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