President Dissolves Burkina Faso's Government

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore dissolved his government on Friday after an apparent mutiny by soldiers in the capital the day before.

Compaore made the announcement over national radio, stating that "[t]he secretary generals of ministerial departments will ensure the execution of current business."

Gun shot were fired outside the presidential palace in Ouagadougou on Thursday night by members of the presidential guard who were upset with benefits they were yet to receive. Firing could still be heard into Friday throughout the city.

The BBC reports three other military barracks have joined in the unrest. The soldiers are protesting for more housing and food subsidies.

This is the latest in a series of demonstrations in Burkina Faso. According to The Guardian, citizens marched to show opposition to rising food prices on April 8.

Soldiers began looting shops and commandeering cars throughout Friday. One source said as many as 40 cars had been stolen.

"The government reassures the population that measures are being taken at this moment to resolve this situation, and expresses its regret and solidarity for all the people who have suffered inconveniences in this event," Compaore said in a statement.

Reuters reported members of the presidential guard had received housing and food allowances.

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