Burkinabe’s picketing at Embassy in Accra

Some Burkinabe’s resident in Ghana, have gathered at their country’s Embassy at Asylum Down in Accra to join renewed calls by Burkina Faso’s opposition for the immediate resignation of President Blaise Compaore.

The crowd wants the Mission staff to shut down the Embassy, since they say there was a state of emergency in the French-speaking West African country.

Demonstrators in Burkina Faso are angry Mr Compaore has been seeking to amend the constitution to stay in power beyond next year after his 27-year-rule.

He has now agreed not to seek another term but says he will remain till 2015.

Mr Compaore’s decision came after protesters set fire to parliament and government buildings on Thursday.

The creation of a transitional government to serve until 2015 elections was announced by army chief Gen Honore Traore, who said it would “be put in place in consultation with all parties”.

He also declared the dissolution of parliament.

But a statement by opposition leader Zephirin Diabre urged protesters to occupy public spaces.

In Accra Friday morning those who gathered at the Embassy said their concern was for “Compoare to step down.”

Three of the ‘protesters’ were admitted to the premises of the Embassy to confer with the Ambassador, while the rest of the group waited outside.

One of them, Omar said they wanted the Embassy to close down but he said the Ambassador pleaded with them to allow the Embassy to operate.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is expected in Burkina Faso to try to ease tensions, the UN said.

ECOWAS has also declared it will not recognise any “illegal government takeover”.

source : Graphic Online

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