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African Union envoy meets with Burkina Faso opposition to work for return to civilian rule

  • Burkina Faso Lt. Col. Issac Yacouba Zida, center, shakes the hand of  Mossi emperor Mogho Naaba, leader of the Mossi tribe  and the largest ethnicity in the country, in the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.  International envoys tried Tuesday to resolve Burkina Faso's political crisis, with the specter of a power vacuum looming after the country's longtime president fled last week. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

    Burkina Faso Lt. Col. Issac Yacouba Zida, center, shakes the hand of Mossi emperor Mogho Naaba, leader of the Mossi tribe and the largest ethnicity in the country, in the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. International envoys tried Tuesday to resolve Burkina Faso's political crisis, with the specter of a power vacuum looming after the country's longtime president fled last week. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)  (The Associated Press)

  • A vendor, right, selling bags awaits clients at the local market in the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. International envoys tried Tuesday to resolve Burkina Faso's political crisis, with the specter of a power vacuum looming after the country's longtime president fled last week. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

    A vendor, right, selling bags awaits clients at the local market in the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. International envoys tried Tuesday to resolve Burkina Faso's political crisis, with the specter of a power vacuum looming after the country's longtime president fled last week. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)  (The Associated Press)

  • A vendor, right, selling material used for women's dresses await clients at the local market  in the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.  International envoys tried Tuesday to resolve Burkina Faso's political crisis, with the specter of a power vacuum looming after the country's longtime president fled last week. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

    A vendor, right, selling material used for women's dresses await clients at the local market in the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. International envoys tried Tuesday to resolve Burkina Faso's political crisis, with the specter of a power vacuum looming after the country's longtime president fled last week. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)  (The Associated Press)

A representative of the African Union is meeting with Burkina Faso's opposition leaders to discuss how to return the country to civilian rule after the longtime president fled amid protests and the military took over.

The African Union, representing 53 countries on the continent, gave the West African country two weeks to return to constitutional rule or face sanctions.

Burkina Faso's opposition, whose protests last week forced President Blaise Compaore from office after 27 years in power, is calling for inclusive talks to find a way out of the crisis. Opposition leaders met Tuesday with the African Union's envoy, former Togolese Prime Minister Edem Kodjo.

Representatives from the African Union, the United Nations and the West African regional bloc are trying to ensure a power vacuum doesn't destabilize the country.