Marc Kabore sworn in as president of Burkina Faso

Marc Kabore sworn in as first elected president of Burkina Faso in almost three decades following peaceful elections

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

The President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Kabore

Updated Dec 30, 2015

Roch Maroc Kabore was sworn-in on Tuesday as president of Burkina Faso - the counrty’s first leader in almost three decades to come to power in democratic elections.

The swearing-in the ceremony organised at an indoor stadium in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou was a historic moment in the transition to democracy of the West African country after longtime autocratic leader Blaise Compaore was ousted from last year.

Kabore, who was the candidate of People's Movement for Progress, was elected on November 29 this year after receiveing 53 percent of the vote in the first round.

"I take this opportunity to institute a rich social dialogue with the Burkinabe people so that together we can break the chains of misery and make a strong dignified and respected nation," President Kabore said at the swearing-in ceremony.

More than 5,000 people, including many West African presidents, attended the ceremony and watched Kabore's speech.

Kabore also said, "I would like to issue an appeal for more substantial partnership from the international community and financial and economic partners for the efforts to kick-start the economy and improve our country's governance."

Protesters pose with a police shield outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014.

Burkina Faso was ruled for 27 years by Blaise Compaore. In October 2014 Compaore was forced to resign by a huge nationwide uprising when he sought to change the constitution to stay in power for longer.

The nationwide uprising inspired many protests across Africa such as Rwanda, Congo Republic and Burundi where presidents have changed their countries' constitutions to extend of their presidency

Many of Burkina Faso’s leaders since independence from France in 1960 came to power by army coups, including Compaore in 1987.

After the succesful uprising against Compaore, a transitional government led by interim President Michel Kafando governed Burkina Faso in order to organise free democratic elections for the first time in decades.

Elite presidential guards, known for their close ties to Blaise Compaore, staged a short-lived coup in September 2015 which failed shortly afterwards. The leader of the army coup, General Gilbert Diendere, was then charged with destabilising internal security, causing international injury, international destruction of property and murder.

General Diendere was also charged with the 1987 assassination of former President Thomas Sankara, which is one of the most high-profile killings in Africa's post-independence history.

General Gilbert Diendere, leader of a failed September 2015 coup in Burkina Faso


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