Fears of coup grow as pres­i­dent ar­rested

Toronto Star - - WORLD -

Sol­diers ar­rested Burk­ina Faso’s tran­si­tional pres­i­dent and prime min­is­ter Wed­nes­day, rais­ing fears of a coup just weeks be­fore the coun­try was to hold an elec­tion to re­place its long­time leader, who was ousted in a pop­u­lar upris­ing late last year.

Hours later, gun­fire erupted in the cap­i­tal as the sol­diers be­hind the stand­off tried to dis­perse. It was not im­me­di­ately clear whether any of the de­mon­stra­tors were wounded.

There was no im­me­di­ate claim by the mil­i­tary on public air­waves that they now con­trolled the coun­try.

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