Leader to be named today
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