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Kaboré Wins Burkina Faso Presidency

by Emilie Iob November 30, 2015

In Burkina Faso, former prime minister Roch Marc Christian Kaboré won Sunday's presidential elections on the first round with a clear majority of the vote. He becomes the first new president of the country in almost three decades.

The provisional results of the presidential elections in Burkina were announced just a few minutes before midnight Monday.

'Candidate Roch Marc Christian Kaboré gathers 53.49 percent of the vote,' said a speaker from the electoral commission on a big screen set up just outside the headquarters of Kaboré's party in Ouagadougou.

A couple thousand people were gathered to watch and hear the announcement. Soon after, Kaboré stepped on the stage to deliver a short speech.

'We should work together,' Kaboré said, 'to heal the wounds and succeed in truth and justice, national reconciliation and consolidate social cohesion between all Burkinabé. Long live Burkina! Long live the Burkinabé people!' he proclaimed.

Kaboré's main contender, longtime opposition leader Zéphirin Diabré, was a distant second with 29.65 percent of the vote. He paid a discreet visit to congratulate the winner just before the results were announced. Voter turnout has yet to be revealed.

These elections were crucial for the West African nation, a year after a popular uprising forced former president Blaise Compaoré out of power after he tried to change the constitution to extend his already 27 years rule.

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