Burkina Faso opposition calls for civilian transition after military ruler appointed

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.