Burkina Faso presidential guard seize president and PM, facing international condemnation
By 17 September 2015
A protester wearing a Burkina Faso flag attends a protest against the presidential guard in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 16, 2015 [photo credit: Reuters]
<p>Soldiers fired warning shots to disperse hundreds of protesters outside Burkina Faso's presidential palace on Wednesday after the presidential guard burst into a cabinet meeting and arrested the interim president, stirring fears of a military coup.
</p><p>The presidential guard gave no explanation for its move, which came less than a month before an election due to complete a transition back to democracy after a popular uprising toppled Burkina's long-time ruler last year.
</p><p>The guard, known as the RSP, was a key pillar of former President Blaise Compaore's rule before he was ousted by demonstrators last October when he attempted to change the constitution to prolong his 27 years in office.
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