BURKINA FASO: ‘ STATEMENT AIRED ON OMEGA RADIO CLAIMS ISSAC ZIDA IN POWER ‘

#AceWorldNews – BURKINA FASO – November 01 – A statement aired on Burkina Faso’s Omega Radio early Saturday claimed that Lieutenant Colonel Issac Zida has taken over the post of head of state, Reuters reported.

'Lieutenant Colonel Issac Zida '

‘Lieutenant Colonel Issac Zida ‘

“I assume the functions of head of state and I call on [West African regional bloc] ECOWAS and the international community to demonstrate their understanding and support the new authorities,” it said.

If true, the statement reportedly announced by the man himself shows an apparent putsch against the country’s Army chief Gen. Honore Traore, who earlier said he assumes the power for the transitional period.

It comes after reports of heavy gunfire coming from the presidential palace in the capital Ouagadougou in the early hours of Saturday morning, and follows the Friday resignation of President Blaise Compaore on his 27th year of rule.

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