Burkina Faso Chooses Ex-UN Envoy Head Of Transitional Govt.

Kafando (Photo Credit AFP)
Kafando (Photo Credit AFP)

A compromise has been reached between opposition and the army, which seized powers in Burkina Faso after long-reigning President Blaise Compaore was forced resignation. A committee comprising critical political stakeholders, including the army, Monday, favoured the country’s former envoy to the United Nations, Michel Kafando, 72. The former envoy had sometime  been elected president of UN Security Council and held key portfolios in the ousted Compaore government. Kafando’s nomination is favoured by Lieutenant Colonel Issac Zida, who became the defacto head of state after Compaore’s ouster. “It’s a true mission which I will take with the utmost seriousness,” Kafando said on Monday. Al-Jazeera reported Kafando triumphed over other candidates like  journalist Cherif Sy and sociologist and ex-minister Josephine Ouedraogo. He is expected is expected to pilot a transitional government that will lead to a constitutional government.

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