Burkina Faso’s Youth on Guard After Election Caps Turbulent Transition

Burkina Faso's now President-elect Roch Marc Christian Kabore during a campaign rally, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Nov. 27, 2015 (AP photo by Theo Renaut).
Burkina Faso's now President-elect Roch Marc Christian Kabore during a campaign rally, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Nov. 27, 2015 (AP photo by Theo Renaut).
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According to virtually all participants and observers, Burkina Faso’s election on Nov. 29 was the most democratic and competitive in its history. The crowds of voters and party workers who celebrated in the streets cheered the winner, President-elect Roch Marc Christian Kabore. But they also applauded the electoral process itself, coming as it did after nearly three decades of former President Blaise Compaore’s autocratic rule and a year and a half of exceptional turbulence that saw both his ouster in a popular insurrection and a failed coup attempt by his military supporters. For many Burkinabe, the advent of a freely […]

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