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Showdown in Burkina Faso: Coup leaders defy order to lay down weapons (part 1)

West Africa's holding its breath over the showdown in Burkina Faso. The army rolled into the capital to unseat the guards of ousted president Compaoré. He himself is in exile, but his elite RSP unit remains active. Over the weekend, regional leaders drafted a deal that included an amnesty for the coup leaders. Where does it leave African leaders meeting at a summit in Abuja? Were they out of touch when they offered their deal? And how to pursue Burkina's much-hailed revolution without bloodshed?

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Produced by Charles Wente, Van Meguerditchian and Francois Wibaux

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