President Blaise Compaore has declared a state of emergency and dissolved the government of Burkina Faso in response to the ongoing protests against his 27-year rule.

Protesters in the capital Ouagadougou have demanded Compaore’s immediate resignation and set fire to parliament and other governmental buildings to prevent MPs from voting to let the President seek re-election in 2015.

One person is reported to have been killed when the military fired live rounds into the crowd in an attempt to disperse the protesters.

However, a number of military personnel have also joined the protesters, including former defence minister General Kouamé Lougué, who the protesters are calling to be installed as president.

Still believed to be in Ouagadougou, Compaore made a radio address at around 17:30 local time (17:30 GMT) on private radio saying he is still president, much to the displeasure of the protesters.



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