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Riots Erupt in Burkina Faso in Protests Against President

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Hundreds of demonstrators clash with police Ouagadougou on October 28, 2014 after a mass rally against plans to let the long-serving president extend his rule beyond 30 years. The violence erupted at the end of a march that drew up to a million people, according to opposition leaders fighting to prevent what they see as a constitutional coup by supporters of President Blaise Compaore.ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP - Getty Images

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Protesters in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou clashed with riot police Tuesday amid demonstrations against President Blaise Compaore's push to extend his rule beyond 30 years. Compaiore has attempted to push through a constitutional amendment that would lift the current term limits. He has currently been in power for 27 years.

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 Burkina Faso opposition supporters protest in Ouagadougou on October 28, 2014 against plans to let the long-serving president extend his rule beyond 30 years. Firing tear gas, security forces charged the protesters after they apparently ventured too close to the national parliament. Most of the demonstrators fled but several hundred stayed on to battle the police. ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP - Getty Images

Compaore has been in power since 1987, following a coup that ousted and killed Socialist president Thomas Sankara, and has won subsequent elections after opposition parties boycotted them. Although Burkina Faso has term limits set at two five-year terms, they have only been in effect since 2000 and were not retroactive. As a result, his current term is set to expire next year.

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