Burkina Faso's government boosts civil servant salaries, student loans amid unrest

Burkina Faso's government says it's lowering taxes for civil servants and increasing student loans amid growing unrest over the high cost of education and living in the landlocked West African country.

Under the new plan announced Thursday, the government is boosting student loans each month by about $50. Civil servants' salaries are expected to go up by about 5 percent as a result of the changes.

Burkina Faso's capital was rocked earlier this year by violent student protests.

A government statement said the new measures were taken to provide "an adequate response to the concerns of different groups."

President Blaise Compaore has been in power since 1987. Last month one of his former bodyguards was killed while trying to enter the barracks housing the presidential palace.