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Burkina Faso Faces Demonstrations and Terrorism

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7Dnews London

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:30 GMT

Angry demonstrators have been protesting at plans to allow one time President Blaise Compaoré to extend his 27-year rule, setting parliament on fire and wreaking havoc across the capital.

Crowds of people broke through a heavy security cordon and stormed the National Assembly building in Ouagadougou, ransacking offices and setting fire to cars, AFP has reported

And the six-months state of emergency in the country has been extended by Burkina Faso's parliament on Thursday, July 11th, and also imposed in provinces grappling with jihadist violence.

The Sahel state, one of the poorest in the world, has been battling a rising wave of jihadist attacks over the last four years, which began in the north, but have since spread to the east, near the border with Togo and Benin.

The state of emergency has been extended to January 12th, primarily aims at speeding up the fight against instability in the country and to assist the defense forces in pursuing their goals, as stated by the parliament earlier.

Most attacks taking place in the former French colony are attributed to different terrorist jihadist groups, which are operating from near the Mali border, in December 2016 and who have sworn allegiance to Al-Qaeda.

Those groups are believed to be responsible for more than 450 deaths since 2015. The capital Ouagadougou has been attacked three times. The country used to be known in colonial times as Upper Volta, and the landlocked country became independent from France in 1960, and its name was changed to Burkina Faso ("the land of upright men") in 1984, a year after a military coup.

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