Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore Wins Re-election

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso has been re-elected to lead the West African nation for another five years.

Preliminary results from the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) on Thursday showed Kabore won 57.9% of the vote, while main challengers, Eddie Komboigo and Zephirin Diabre, got 15.5% and 12.5% respectively.

The President required over 50% to avoid a second round.

Burkina Faso’s election, held on November 22, was reportedly marred by insecurity that prevented a lot of people in the West African country from voting.

The main opponents had accused Kabore, who was elected in 2015, of failing to contain terrorist and ethnic violence which forced 1 million people to flee their homes during his first term.

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Kabore’s opponents have raised concerns about the validity of the vote count, but the electoral commission has dismissed those allegations.


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