Leader to be named to­day

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OUA­GADOUGOU: Michel Kafando was sworn in as tran­si­tional pres­i­dent of Burk­ina Faso yes­ter­day, faced with the task of lead­ing the West African coun­try to elec­tions in a year fol­low­ing a brief mil­i­tary takeover.

The for­mer for­eign min­is­ter, who’ll be barred from stand­ing at the elec­tions, was set to name a prime min­is­ter to­day and to­gether they will ap­point a 25-mem­ber gov­ern­ment.

“Our coun­try will never be a ba­nana repub­lic. Our eyes are open and things will never be the same again. We will scrupu­lously re­spect the po­lit­i­cal or­der in this coun­try,” Kafando said. He was cho­sen by a com­mit­tee on Mon­day set up after Pres­i­dent Blaise Com­paoré re­signed and fled on Oc­to­ber 31 in the face of mass protests against his at­tempt to change the con­sti­tu­tion and ex­tend his 27-year rule.

Lieu­tenant-Colonel Isaac Zida de­clared him­self head of state, but re­stored the con­sti­tu­tion on Satur­day after do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional pres­sure on him. – Reuters

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