Burkina Faso: Military Protest in Ouagadougou
Unpaid Soldiers Riot in Burkina Faso Capital
Soldiers in Burkina Faso's capital city of Ouagadougou have begun rioting over unpaid housing allowances. Military personell have been looting stores, stealing cars, and burning down the homes of presidential aides overnight. (Burkina Faso map)
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, with most citizens getting by on subsistence farming. The current president, Blaise Compaore, seized power after the former president was assassinated. Though no official statement has been made, Colonel Moussa Cissé said that military commanders are "negotiating" with their troops.
Unpaid soldiers are not the only problems facing Compaore's government. Burkina Faso's citizens have been protesting over the inflated costs of basic food staples.
Burkina Faso is considered one of the least developed countries in the world, with a life expectancy of under 54 years. (Burkina Faso: UN Development Index)
A presidential security source, who spoke on condition on anonymity for security reasons, told the Associated Press that the soldiers were expressing their discontent after promises to pay their housing allowances were not kept.