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President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso who resigned on Friday after political uprising in the nation has left the capital Ouagadougou and fled towards the south of the country.
President Blaise Compaore has “left for the south. He’s still in the country,” said a diplomatic source, who did not wish to be named.
A crowd gathers on October 31, 2014 in front of army headquarters in Ouagadougou, demanding that the army take over following the resignation of the president. Burkina Faso’s army chief Navere Honore Traore said he was taking power on October 31 as head of state after President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation as tens of thousands of protesters demanded that he quit immediately after a day of unrest that saw mass protests and the storming of parliament and other public buildings.
Paris said that Compaore should have little difficulty in travelling across borders as he was not subject to an international travel ban.
Compaore has not asked for refuge in France and such a trip is not being discussed, the source added.
Compaore served two seven-year terms before a change to the constitution allowed him to serve another two five-year terms.
He had been seeking to amend the constitution to be able to run for re-election once again in 2015