Burkina Faso elects Christian Kabore as a new leader after historic election

    Burkina Faso elects Christian Kabore as a new leader after historic election

    Dec 1, Ouagadougou: Roch Marc Christian Kabore, the former prime minister of Burkina Faso, has been elected the nation’s first president since a coup earlier this year.

    Kabore is second civilian to become president since the West African country won independence in 1960, according to preliminary results released by the country's electoral commission.

    Kabore, 58, was also president of the National Assembly under Compaore, who was toppled by an uprising in October 2014 after 27 years in power, local media reported.

    The Independent National Electoral Commission said on Tuesday morning that results showed that Kabore, from the Movement of People for Progress party, won 53.5 percent of the vote, just enough to secure a first round victory.

    Kabore will now replace the transitional government put in place after Blaise Compaore, Burkina Faso's longtime leader, was toppled in a popular uprising in October 2014.

    Zephirin Diabre came in second place with 29.6 percent of the vote, and Tahirou Barry came in third with three percent.
    Barthelemy Kere, electoral commission president, said 60 percent of the country's 5.5 million registered voters participated in Sunday's election.

    Fourteen candidates took part in the elections to replace the transition government set up after Compaore was forced into exile in October 2014 after the 27-year rule.

    Hundreds of supporters gathered on Monday night at Kabore's campaign headquarters as early results showed him likely to win. Diabre joined and congratulated him.

    In January 2014, Kabore and others broke with Compaore to oppose a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed him to extend his power.

    The Oslo Times


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