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Burkina Faso opposition calls for civilian transition after military ruler appointed

  • A man shouts out as he and others gather near the Place de Nation, as they ask for a civilian and democratic transition in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Burkina Faso's new military leader is coming under growing pressure to hand over power to a civilian government. About 1,000 people gathered Sunday at the Place de Nation in Burkina Faso's capital to ask for a civilian and democratic transition. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

    A man shouts out as he and others gather near the Place de Nation, as they ask for a civilian and democratic transition in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Burkina Faso's new military leader is coming under growing pressure to hand over power to a civilian government. About 1,000 people gathered Sunday at the Place de Nation in Burkina Faso's capital to ask for a civilian and democratic transition. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man shouts out as he and others gather at the Place de Nation, as they ask for a civilian and democratic transition in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Burkina Faso's new military leader is coming under growing pressure to hand over power to a civilian government. About 1,000 people gathered Sunday at the Place de Nation in Burkina Faso's capital. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

    A man shouts out as he and others gather at the Place de Nation, as they ask for a civilian and democratic transition in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Burkina Faso's new military leader is coming under growing pressure to hand over power to a civilian government. About 1,000 people gathered Sunday at the Place de Nation in Burkina Faso's capital. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather at the Place de Nation, as they ask for a civilian and democratic transition  in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Burkina Faso's new military leader is coming under growing pressure to hand over power to a civilian government. About 1,000 people gathered Sunday at the Place de Nation in Burkina Faso's capital. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

    People gather at the Place de Nation, as they ask for a civilian and democratic transition in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Burkina Faso's new military leader is coming under growing pressure to hand over power to a civilian government. About 1,000 people gathered Sunday at the Place de Nation in Burkina Faso's capital. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)  (The Associated Press)

Burkina Faso's new military leader is coming under growing pressure to hand over power to a civilian government.

Political activists who opposed now-ousted President Blaise Compaore's longtime rule are saying the legitimacy of their struggle should not be "confiscated by the army."

About 1,000 people gathered Sunday at the Place de Nation in Burkina Faso's capital to ask for a civilian and democratic transition.

Compaore stepped down after demonstrators set fire to part of the parliament amid his bid to amend the constitution so he could seek a fifth term.

An army lieutenant colonel, Isaac Yacouba Zida, soon declared that he was in control of the country and the military later confirmed he was chosen as the transitional leader.