Lt. Col. Issac Yacouba Zida pauses as he makes an announcement Saturday to the media in the Burkina Faso city of Ouagadougou. AP/Theo Renaut

Thousands of people gathered in the center of Burkina Faso’s capital Sunday to denounce what they described as a military coup, two days after massive protests compelled President Blaise Compaore to resign.

The Guardian reports:

Compaoré’s 27 years in charge of the landlocked west African country ended on Friday when his bid to change the constitution to extend his rule was thwarted.

A power struggle ensued, and on Saturday Presidential Guard commander Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida was appointed as transitional leader, superseding an earlier claim by the army chief of staff.

In Ouagadougou’s Place de La Nation on Sunday, opposition leaders denounced the power grab to the assembled crowds, while a UN official warned of possible sanctions if Zida obstructed a return to civilian rule.

Read more here.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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