Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze in protest, emmergency declared

UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2014 12:16 PM IST
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The president of Burkina Faso has declared a state of emergency following violent protests in the capital, hours after demonstrators stormed the parliament building and set fire to its main chamber. It was not immediately clear where President Blaise Compaore was, nor what restrictions were being imposed as a result of the state of emergency. The protesters were angered by a parliamentary vote that they thought was going to give Compaore, who has been in power for 27 years, the chance to run for a fifth term next year.

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