Army joins talks on Burkina Faso civilian transition, after earlier refusal to take part

US Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Bisa Williams talks on Nov 8, 2014 with the army-named leader of Burkina Faso, Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida, after a meeting in Ouagadougou. The meeting came as political parties, the army and civil
US Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Bisa Williams talks on Nov 8, 2014 with the army-named leader of Burkina Faso, Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida, after a meeting in Ouagadougou. The meeting came as political parties, the army and civil society groups were due to discuss a plan for a transitional government in the west African country. -- PHOTO: AFP

OUAGADOUGOU (AFP) - Burkina Faso's army joined talks with the opposition and civilian representatives on a transition government Saturday, having previously refused to take part, an AFP reporter said.

Colonel Auguste Denise Barry, the right-hand man of Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida - the man who took control of the country after the ouster of President Blaise Compaore last week - headed the army delegation for the talks.