Burkina Faso: Dec 3,2015- After nearly three decades of autocratic rule followed by a civil uprising, Burkina Faso has a new leader.
Roch Marc Christian Kabore won more than 53% of votes in Sunday’s elections, according to an official tally. The results mean Kabore, a former Prime Minister of the West African nation, will become its next President.
His closest opponent, Zephirin Diabre, conceded defeatafter winning less than 30% of votes.
The road to this week’s vote has been bumpy. Just two months ago, a military plot tried to derail the election. Now experts say this looks to be the most democratic polling in the country’s history.
Ever since a citizen uprising overthrew President Blaise Compaore a year ago — after he ruled over the country for 27 years — civil society has done a lot of work to assure the quality of this election.
“They feel a sense of ownership,” said Fomunyoh, who is overseeing some 6,000 election observers, all local citizens who have trained up for the task.