Former PM Kabore elected president of Burkina Faso

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OUAGADOUGOU: Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won Burkina Faso’s presidential election, official results showed, after a year of turmoil that saw the West African country’s former leader deposed and the military try to seize power. Kabore, who governed under former strongman Blaise Compaore before turning his back on the old regime, won the vote in the first round with 53.49 percent of ballots, the electoral commission said late Monday. Kabore’s main rival Zephirin Diabre, who took 29.65 percent of votes, congratulated the former premier just before the results were released. The poll caps more than a year of upheaval in the country after Compaore was ousted in October 2014 by a popular uprising, after trying to change the constitution to extend his 27-year rule.

AFP

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