Burkina Faso – Presidential election

The presidential election was held in Burkina Faso on Sunday. The electoral commission is due to present the final results very soon, but they have leaked. And, in any case, the result was never in doubt. Burkina Faso is not an electoral democracy.

Anyway, President Blaise Compaoré is going to be re-elected. Jeune Afrique is reporting that he won 80.98% of the vote. His nearest rival, Hama Arba Diallo, is reported as winning 7.96% and the next candidate, Bénéwendé Stanislas Sankara, won 5.52%. The turnout is reported as only 48%.

President Compaoré took office in 1991. Term limits are likely to be abolished very soon. So, he could be around for a very long time. He is still only 59 years old.

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