UPDATE 5-Burkina army imposes interim govt after crowd burns parliament

Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:41pm EDT
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* Tens of thousands mass outside presidential palace

* Military to issue statement, opposition hold talks

* Protests over plan to extend president's rule

* Emergency services say at least three protesters shot dead (Recasts with state of emergency)

By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney

OUAGADOUGOU, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government on Thursday after violent protests against President Blaise Compaore, but it was not immediately clear who was in charge.

Army chief General Honore Traore said the new government would be installed after consultation with all political parties and would lead the country to an election within 12 months. He also announced a curfew from 1900 to 0600 GMT.

The move came after tens of thousands of angry protesters packed the streets of Ouagadougou on Thursday to demand Compaore's departure, storming parliament and setting it on fire and ransacking state television.

At least three protesters were shot dead and scores wounded when security forces opened fire on the crowd.   Continued...