Thousands protest new Senate in Burkina Faso seen as tool for extending president's tenure

A protest leader says thousands marched through Burkina Faso's capital Sunday decrying a perceived attempt by the president to extend his hold on power through the creation of a new Senate.

The protest came one week after thousands of workers joined demonstrations around the country against rising costs for basic goods like rice and sugar, underscoring the tense environment facing President Blaise Compaore as he weighs whether to run for re-election in 2015.

Opposition leaders fear Compaore intends to use the Senate to amend Article 37 of the constitution limiting presidents to two five-year terms. The rule would bar Compaore from running again.

Compaore has kept quiet on his plans, and the International Crisis Group warned in a report published last week that this silence was contributing to uncertainty.