In a historic vote, former Prime Minister Roch Marc Kabore elected as the next President of Burkina Faso. The election campaign was praised by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon who congratulated the people of the country, for their enthusiastic participation.
This is the first time, after decades, in which power in the African country is set to change hands without the use of military force. Burkina Faso, has been ruled by successive coup leaders since independence from France in 1960.
This election finally represent a major democratic U-turn for the people of the country. Barthelemy Kere, president of the electoral commission, told a news conference: “This election went off in calm and serenity, which shows the maturity of the people of Burkina Faso.”
On 30 November, Ban welcomed the peaceful conduct of the presidential and legislative elections in Burkina Faso over the weekend and praised the citizens of the country, who showed “their strong commitment to the democratic process.” Ban, in particular, saluted the “strong participation of women in the electoral process.”
The National Electoral Commission announced that Kabore received 53.5 percent of the vote and therefore a second round was not necessary.
Kabore was a prime minister and president of the National Assembly under former ruler Blaise Compaore, who ruled the country in the last 27-year. The second-place candidate was Zeiphirin Diabre, a former finance minister, and member of the opposition Union for Progress and Change (UPC).
Compaore had seized power by force and won four controversial elections. In 2014, he was toppled by protests after he attempted to amend the constitution to extend his rule even further and a transitional government took over to contact the highly anticipated elections.
Authorities in Burkina Faso managed to hold the elections under very difficult circumstances. In September, the elite Presidential guard of the country declared a failed coup to change the elections conditions.
General Gilbert Diendere the leader of the coup claimed that the Presidential Guard performed the coup, because the October polls were “biased,” since supporters of Compaore were barred from running.
In October 16, the military announced that Diendere will be prosecuted on an array of charges, including “crime against humanity.”