UPDATED — Oct. 31, 2014 9:40 a.m. ET
Army chief Honoré Traoré declared himself the president of Burkina Faso.
Traoré will be the head of state during the 90-day transition to elections.
President Blaise Compaore said he has stepped down a day after violent protests in Burkina Faso.
Compaore called for a 90-day transition to elections.
President Blaise Compaore is no longer in power, an army official told demonstrators, BBC reported.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Ouagadougou to demand President Compaore's resignation on Friday.
Thousands stormed Burkina Faso's parliament and set it ablaze Thursday to protest against President Blaise Compaore's plan to extend his 27-year rule.
UPDATE — 3:33 p.m. ET: The army announced a 12-month transition and a curfew in Burkina Faso.
UPDATE — 1:08 p.m. ET: President Compaore reportedly "dissolves government."
Compaore declared a state of emergency, asked opposition to end the violence.
Amidst increasing violence, the government suspended the parliamentary vote, BBC reported.
Reports claimed the army had taken control.
French President François Hollande reportedly wrote a letter to Compaore on Oct. 7 warning him to avoid nonconsensual changes in the constitution.
The letter, published by the French weekly Jeune Afrique, said that France would support Compaore in the international community if he set an example of democracy and governance for Mali and the region.
Gunfire was reportedly heard near the Presidential Palace.
The White House expressed concern about the "deteriorating situation" in Burkina Faso and called on all sides to end the violence.
In a statement Wednesday, National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said:
The United States is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Burkina Faso resulting from efforts to amend the constitution to enable the incumbent head of state to seek another term after 27 years in office. We believe democratic institutions are strengthened when established rules are adhered to with consistency. We call on all parties, including the security forces, to end the violence and return to a peaceful process to create a future for Burkina Faso that will build on Burkina Faso's hard-won democratic gains.
Around 1,500 people broke through security forces and ransacked parliament's offices, burning documents, stealing equipment, and setting cars ablaze, Agence France-Presse reported.
Police fired tear gas at demonstrators, but they managed to break the security cordon.
The protests were part of a civil disobedience campaign by opposition parties ahead of Thursday's vote on a motion that would change the constitution to let Compaore seek re-election next year, Reuters reported.
Protesters reportedly looted buildings owned by the president.
Protesters also ransacked a hotel where where members of the parliament were said to be staying in the capital.
State television reportedly went off air after protesters ransacked the building.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates and follow BuzzFeed News on Twitter.
Tom Namako is the head of breaking news for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Contact this editor at email@example.com.
Contact Tom Namako at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at email@example.com.
Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.