Burkina Faso: Former PM Kabore first elected President in decades

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Roch Marc Christian Kabore (C) the presidential candidate for the People's Movement for Progress (MPP) waves to supporters as he accepts victory in the general elections in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 01 December 2015. This is the first election in Burkina Faso after president Blaise Compaore was forced from office last year which sparked a year of political uncertainty.

Previous leader of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, had seized power by force and won four controversial elections


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.

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