President of Burkina Faso Blaise Compaore on 31 October 2014 announced to resign following violent protests over his attempt to extend his 27-year rule.
As a result, Army Chief of Burkina Faso General Honore Nabere Traore took over as the head of state of Burkina Faso. He announced that he will lead the country through a political transition and elections.
Under Article 43 of the Constitution of Burkina Faso, the President of the senate should take over after the president resigns, and elections should take place between 60 and 90 days afterwards.
About Blaise Compaore
Blaise Compaore is a Burkinabe politician who was President of Burkina Faso from 1987 until his resignation on 31 October 2014.
He was a top associate of President Thomas Sankara during the 1980s, and in October 1987 he led a coup d'etat during which Sankara was killed; subsequently he introduced a policy of rectification, overturning the Marxist policies pursued by Sankara.
He won elections in 1991, 1998, 2005, and 2010. His attempt to amend the constitution to extend his 27-year term caused the 2014 Burkinabe uprising.
What: announced to resign
When: 31 October 2014
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