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Burkina Faso pres. names himself defense minister

Burkina Faso's president has named himself defense minister after a mutiny that threatened his 24-year rule in the impoverished country.

President Blaise Compaore announced late Thursday he will remain president but is now also a member of his 29-member cabinet.

Compaore tried to stem last week's unrest by dissolving the government and removing the country's security chiefs.

The mutiny began when members of the presidential guard began firing into the air, demanding unpaid housing allowances. By Monday, soldiers in several cities north, south, east and west of Ouagadougou joined in and students followed suit.

Experts say hostilities in the landlocked West African country have been simmering for a long time. Student uprisings began this year in February.