Military in Burkina Faso confirms coup, dissolves government

September 18, 2015 1:06 AM

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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso’s military seized the airwaves and installed a general loyal to the ex-president Thursday as the new head of state, carrying out a coup weeks before national elections.

The developments capped a dramatic year in this West African country where President Blaise Compaore was ousted in a popular uprising last October after he tried to prolong his 27-year rule.

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