Burkina Faso: New president vows to uphold democracy

By Editorial Board - 30 December 2015 at 4:41 pm


OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s newly inaugurated president Roch Marc Christian Kabore says his election after a chaotic transition is a triumph for “democracy and freedom.”

Kabore, 58, won the Nov. 29 presidential elections with more than 53 percent of the votes.

A former prime minister and speaker of parliament, Kabore left the former ruling party in January 2014, when ousted President Blaise Compaore tried to amend the constitution to seek another term in office.

As Burkina Faso’s new president, Kabore said he will defend “justice and equity,” and warned that the popular insurrection of October 2014 was due to “a lack of justice and truth.”

Kabore is the second elected civilian of nine presidents to rule Burkina Faso since the West African country gained independence in 1960.


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