Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Burkina Faso's Christian Kabore Sworn In As President
Dec 29 2015 8:47PM
Nigeria Daily Trust

Burkina Faso’s new president was sworn-in on Tuesday in front of thousands of cheering supporters.

Roch Marc Christian Kabore won elections last month, the first since long-serving ruler Blaise Compaore was ousted in a popular uprising last year.

Mr Kabore was an ally of Mr Compaore before the two fell out.

About 20 soldiers were detained recently for plotting to free the jailed leader of September’s short-lived coup, Gen Gilbert Diendere, officials said.

Several African heads of state attended Mr Kabore’s inauguration in the capital, Ouagadougou.  Mr Kabore said he would defend the constitution and “ensure justice for all”.

He once served as Mr Compoare’s prime minister, but gained popularity after opposing his bid to change the constitution and run for a third term.

Mr Compaore fled to Ivory Coast after being forced out of office.

Gen Diendere, a powerful ally of the ousted president, staged a coup in September.  He was forced to return power to a transitional government seven days later, after the army sided with protesters opposed to the coup.


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