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Burkina Faso: 2nd soldier says he's president


 A second military officer has declared that he is Burkina Faso's new president after the West African country's longtime leader was pushed from power.

   Col. Yacouba Zida said early Saturday that he was stepping in immediately to lead the transition back to democracy in a recorded address posted on the website of a national television station.

   Opposition protests this week forced President Blaise Compaore to resign on Friday and Gen. Honore Traore, the joint chief of staff of the armed forces, said he was assuming power.

   But confusion reigned late Friday, as Zida also began making major announcements about the country's future. It was not immediately clear if Traore recognized Zida's announcement.

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