military fatigues, in the studio of BF1 television.
|Col. Isaac Zidan|
"I salute the memory of the martyrs of this uprising and bow to the sacrifices made by our people."
roadmap to elections would be drafted by a body drawn from different elements of society, including political parties and civil society.
"This is not a coup d'etat but a popular uprising," he told Reuters after making the statement. "The people have hopes and expectations, and we believe we have understood them."
A heavily armed convoy believed to be carrying the former president was seen traveling towards the southern town of Po near the border with Ghana, which is home to a large military base, diplomatic sources and domestic media said.
Crowds danced, cheered and blew whistles in the central Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou after his resignation.
"This is a sub-Saharan Spring and it must continue against all the presidents who are trying to hang on to power in Africa," said law student Lucien Trinnou, referring to the Arab Spring that toppled several long-term leaders.