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Burkina Faso leader reluctantly cedes power

Last week the president of Burkina Faso was forced to resign after days of mass protests. Blaise Compaore had been in power for 27 years and was seeking a change in the constitution in order to extend his presidential term. Over the weekend, the country’s military named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as leader of an interim government. But this also led to protests and demands for the military to give up power. Now the military has said it plans to cede power to a "transitional body." We’ll discuss the political turmoil in Burkina Faso and what it says about the state of democracy in Africa with Richard Joseph, professor of political science at Northwestern University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. (photo: A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against their longtime President Blaise Compaore who seeks another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut))

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