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African Union gives Burkina Faso military 2 weeks to return to civilian rule

The "AU Peace [and Security] Council gives Burkina Faso military authorities [two] weeks to return to constitutionality, handing over to civilian-led transition," the AU tweeted following an Executive Session on Monday.

By JC Finley
African Union Peace and Security Council Chair Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, pictured in August, announced Nov. 3, 2014, there would be "No sanctions on Burkina Faso, for now," while intimating there would be repercussions if the handover from military to civilian rule does not occur in a timely manner. (UPI/Mike Theiler)
African Union Peace and Security Council Chair Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, pictured in August, announced Nov. 3, 2014, there would be "No sanctions on Burkina Faso, for now," while intimating there would be repercussions if the handover from military to civilian rule does not occur in a timely manner. (UPI/Mike Theiler) | License Photo

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The African Union on Monday set a two-week deadline for Burkina Faso to return to civilian rule after the military took power following President Blaise Compaore's resignation Friday.

Burkinabe Lt. Col. Isaac Zida said he took control Saturday "to prevent a state of anarchy that would be detrimental to the goal of democratic change." But after mass riots broke out in Ouagadougou in opposition to military rule, the military issued a statement Sunday evening that it would turn over power to "a transition body... with all the components to be adopted by a broad consensus."

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The "AU Peace [and Security] Council gives Burkina Faso military authorities [two] weeks to return to constitutionality, handing over to civilian-led transition," the AU tweeted following an Executive Session on Monday.

AU Peace and Security Council Chair Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced Monday there would be "No sanctions on Burkina Faso, for now," while intimating there would be repercussions if the handover does not occur in a timely manner.

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"But military must handover to civilian transition [government], or else."

The president resigned Friday amid violent unrest that broke out in response to a proposed constitutional amendment that would have extended the presidential term limit, allowing Compaore -- who held the post for 27 years -- to run for office again.

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