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    Roch Marc Kabore Elected President of Burkina Faso

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    Former Prime Minister Roch Marc Kabore has won the presidential elections in the west African nation of Burkina Faso, media reported Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Former Prime Minister Roch Marc Kabore has won the presidential elections in the west African nation of Burkina Faso, media reported Tuesday.

    According to the BBC, Kabore received 53.5 percent of the votes in the Sunday election, the first since the transitional government was established in 2014 after a popular uprising.

    Kabore’s main rival former Economy and Finance Minister Zephirin Diabre received 21.6 percent, the British broadcaster reported.

    Protests erupted in Burkina Faso in 2014, after the nation’s long-time leader Blaise Compaore attempted to extend his 27-year rule. Compaore fled Burkina Faso in October 2014.

    Burkina Faso’s transitional government was established in 2014. It was charged with running the country until a new president is elected democratically.

    In mid-September, presidential military guards arrested the caretaker president and prime minister and declared a military takeover, triggering clashes that killed a dozen of people.


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