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Burkina Faso Elects New Leader for the First Time in 27 Years

Newspaper article International New York Times

Burkina Faso Elects New Leader for the First Time in 27 Years

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A former prime minister emerged as the winner of the presidential election, the first time Burkina Faso has had a new leader in nearly three decades.

A former prime minister who has served in several high-ranking government positions emerged early Tuesday as the winner of the presidential election here, the first time the nation has had a new leader in nearly three decades.

Roch Marc Christian Kabore won the vote in nearly 75 percent of precincts throughout the country and was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The election, which took place Sunday, represented the first free and competitive vote in Burkina Faso in decades. About three million people cast ballots, many of them celebrating as they crowded into polling stations to choose a leader after 27 years under President Blaise Compaore. …

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