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Burkina Faso Coup Leader Steps Down After Signing Deal

Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando has said he is back in charge and civilian rule restored nearly a week after a coup. His announcement came as coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere went to welcome several African leaders arriving to oversee the transfer of power. His presidential guard agreed to a deal overnight with the regular army to avoid violence. They pledged to return to barracks and the army to withdraw from the capital. The presidential guard is loyal to Blaise Compaore, the country's long-time ruler who was ousted in a popular uprising last year.

 

The elite troops installed Gen Diendere as the leader last week - a month before elections had been due in the landlocked country. They detained President Kafando during a cabinet meeting last Wednesday. "Dear compatriots, I am free of my movements and resuming service. The transition is back and is resuming the exercise of power," Mr Kafando told journalists. Regular army troops entered the capital, Ouagadougou, on Monday vowing to retake it. At least 10 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in clashes between the presidential guard and protesters.

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