Burk­ina bars ex-leader’s party can­di­date from Oct. elec­tion

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Burk­ina Faso’s Con­sti­tu­tional Coun­cil on Satur­day pro­vi­sion­ally cleared 16 can­di­dates for pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in Oc­to­ber, but de­clared the nom­i­nee of ousted pres­i­dent Blaise Com­paore’s party in­el­i­gi­ble.

Ed­die Con­stance Kon­boigo, head of Com­paore’s Congress for Democ­racy and Progress party, was among six can­di­dates barred from run­ning, along with Gil­bert Noel Oue­draogo of the ADF/ RDA group­ing that was al­lied to the for­mer strong­man’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Com­paore was top­pled Oc­to­ber 2014 and fled into ex­ile in Ivory Coast af­ter a pop­u­lar upris­ing trig­gered by his at­tempt to ex­tend his 27-year rule.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of de­mon­stra­tors took to the streets in protests that were bru­tally sup­pressed, leav­ing sev­eral dead.

A tran­si­tional gov­ern­ment is run­ning the coun­try un­til pres­i­den­tial and leg­isla­tive elec­tions, the first round of which take place on Oct. 11.

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