Burkina Faso president in Ivory Coast after ouster

November 1, 2014 1:31 PM

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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's former president fled to neighboring Ivory Coast with his family after violent protests drove him from power after 27 years in office, Ivory Coast said Saturday, as a largely unknown military colonel said he had taken the helm.

President Blaise Compaore, his family and those close to him had been taken in by Ivory Coast, according to a statement from the office of President Alassane Ouattara. It did not elaborate. It said Ouattara was following events "with particular attention."

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