Presidential guard ex-chief is Burkina Faso strongman after coup

Ouagadougou (dpa) - General Gilbert Diendiere has been appointed the head of a military council that has taken power in Burkina Faso, making him the country's new leader, a spokesperson for the presidential guard announces on national television.

Frontiers have been closed and a curfew imposed from 19:00 to 06:00.

Diendiere headed the presidential guard under president Blaise Compaore, who ruled the West African country for 27 years until fleeing to Ivory Coast nearly a year ago.