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Burkina Faso Leader Rejects AU Demand on Relinquishing Power

Burkina Faso's army-appointed leader has rejected a demand from the African Union that he return power to a civilian-led government within two weeks or risk sanctions. Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida said Thursday that "a council of elders" would select what he called an "eminent civilian personality" to lead the transitional government before elections next November. However, he said the process would not be rushed, either by international pressure or the growing...

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