Longtime President of Burkina Faso Resigns After Violent Protests

Calls new elections


After 27 years in power, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore said in statement Friday that he has stepped down after anti-government demonstrations demanding his ouster.

Protesters began gathering in the West African nation's capital Friday, a day after their violent demonstrations pushed the country's longtime president to agree to relinquish power next year.