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Burkina Faso – former diplomat Kafando named as interim president

17 Nov

Africa - News and Analysis

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After hours of negotiation over the weekend, Burkina Faso named diplomat Michel Kafando as the country’s interim president who will serve until 2015.

Burkina Faso interim president, Michael Kafando (R). (Reuters)

Diplomat Michel Kafando has been chosen as Burkina Faso’s interim president, officials in the west African country announced Monday, and will head the country until 2015.

Kafando, one of four candidates, was selected after several hours of negotiation. “The consensus candidate is Michel Kafando,” said Ignace Sandwidi, a representative of the Catholic Church, which was involved in the discussions to find a leader.

The race to select Burkina Faso’s interim president stretched into Monday as the country sought to choose a new leader ahead of a looming African Union (AU) sanctions deadline.

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