• Career diplomat named Burkina Faso’s interim leader


    OUAGADOUGOU: Career diplomat Michel Kafando was on Monday chosen as Burkina Faso’s interim president, to steer the west African nation during a one-year transition back to civilian rule following the ousting of its veteran leader. The appointment of the former foreign minister and United Nations ambassador is set to end weeks of uncertainty in the impoverished country after mass protests toppled the 27-year regime of president Blaise Compaore and the military seized power. It came ahead of a deadline imposed by the African Union, which warned the country would face sanctions unless it appointed an interim leader by Monday.



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