Burkina Faso’s Kabore Says Opposition Leader Congratulated Him On Victory

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré addresses supporters during a celebration at the party’s headquarter in Ouagadougou, on November 26, 2020.  AFP


Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said Friday he had received the congratulations of the leader of the opposition, a day after official results showed he was re-elected by a landslide.

“I have received on Friday evening the congratulations of the presidential candidate, Zephirin Diabre,” Kabore wrote on Twitter. “I salute his approach which is in line with the republican spirit of our political class,” he said, accompanying his tweet with a photo of the two.

When the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced Kabore’s landslide victory on Thursday, the opposition had said it “reserved the right” to challenge the results.

Diabre’s Union for Progress and Change (UPC) said on its website before Kabore’s tweet it wished to “point out the major shortcomings” which had “marred” the ballot.

“Considering the difficult situation our country is going through” it reaffirmed its “renewed desire to always preserve peace, stability, and security in Burkina Faso by placing the interest of the nation above all other considerations”.

Eddie Komboigo, the champion of ousted president Blaise Campaore’s party, came second in Sunday’s vote with 15.48 percent of the ballot.

He was followed in the 13-candidate field by Diabre, who had been considered by pundits to be the best-placed opposition hopeful, with 12.46 percent of votes cast.


Kabore Wins Burkina Faso Poll

Kabore Wins Burkina Faso PollBurkina Faso’s Electoral Commission says Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won the country’s presidential elections.

The Commission said that Mr Kabore, a former Prime Minister, secured 53.5% of the vote on Sunday.

This is the first election since the uprising in 2014 which toppled longstanding President Blaise Compaore.

The Independent National Electoral Commission said that Mr Kabore, 58, won the elections outright, and there is no need to hold a second round.

It says his main rival, former Economy and Finance Minister, Zephirin Diabre, gained 21.6% of the vote.

Mr Diabre has already congratulated Mr Kabore, according to the AFP News Agency.

The vote was due to have been held last month, but was delayed by a failed coup in September led by members of the elite presidential guard.

Mr Kabore served as Chairman of the ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress Party (CDP) before leaving it in 2014, after opposing plans to extend Mr Compaore’s rule.

64-year-old Compaore, is now living in exile in neighbouring Cote D’ívoire.

Burkina Faso Elections Get Underway

Burkina-Faso-electionThe people of Burkina Faso have begun voting to elect a new President and parliament.

This is the first poll after 2014 popular uprising that toppled sit-tight ruler, President Blaise Compaore.

Security is reported to be tight with up to 25,000 troops deployed across the country.

The polls, which was scheduled for October, had to be delayed due to a failed coup in September, led by members of the elite presidential guard.

The election is meant to mark the end of the transitional period following Mr Compaore’s removal. He had been in power for 27 years.

Analysts are predicting that it is most likely to be the most open and democratic vote in the country’s history.

Among the 14 candidates standing for the presidency, reports suggest that Roch Marc Christian Kabore and Zephirin Diabre are the front-runners.