The Wall Street Journal quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the resignation of Burkina Faso’s president after a popular revolt in the country:

Still, Burkina Faso’s poor aren’t likely to see their lives soon improved, now that a democratically-elected president has been pushed from office by rioting protesters and rival army officers elbow to fill the void. The U.S. and France have both threatened to retract aid if a coup holds; economic consequences could be swift, diplomats and analysts warned.

“It is hard enough to attract business to a landlocked African country at the edge of the desert without YouTube clips of riotous mobs running amok,” wrote said J. Peter Pham, Africa director at the Washington-based Atlantic Council, who met with Mr. Compaoré in August.

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