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Civilian rule returns in Burkina Faso

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2430

The military in Burkina Faso, west Africa, handed control to an interim civilian government on Monday of this week. 

Michel Kafando is set to be president for a year until elections can be arranged. 

He was a government minister until 1998. Since then he has been at the country’s ambassador at the United Nations, which distances him from controversies.

A popular uprising overthrew the government of Blaise Compaore in October. 

Once the crowds were off the streets, various factions in the military and opposition parties have manoeuvred to change things at the top without allowing a real change. 

Kafando is no radical, and it was the army that put him forward as a candidate.


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