File - Burkinese Lt. Col. Isaac Zida stands during a meeting with military leaders on November 3, 2014 in Ouagadougou. (AFP/ISSOUF SANOGO)
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The head of Burkina Faso's military regime promised a "consensus" leader Monday in talks for a unity government in the West African nation after a violent crackdown on protesters.The army has stepped into a power vacuum left by Blaise Compaore, who was forced to resign the presidency last week in the wake of violent demonstrations at his attempt to extend his 27-year-rule.The U.N., U.S. and EU have joined African leaders in pressing the country's military top brass to hand power back to civilians.The African Union gave Burkina Faso's army two weeks to return the country to civilian rule and threatened sanctions if it failed to comply.The army instead named Zida, the second in command of the presidential guard.Around 30 people were killed in the week of violent protests that forced Compaore out, opposition figures said.
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