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Burkina Faso holds first elections in decades

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 01:07

Presidential hopefuls in Burkina Faso cast ballots in their country's first free elections in decades. Diane Hodges reports.

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Voters in Burkina Faso have cast ballots in the country's first free elections in decades. The poll was originally scheduled for last month, but was delayed by a failed military coup. Voters are casting ballots for a new president and deputies for the National Assembly. It's part of a process that began in October of 2014, when demonstrators ended the 27-year-long rule of President Blaise Compaore. Political and civic leaders set up a transitional government and plans for elections. Transitional President Michel Kafando says Sunday's vote is a major triumph for his administration. (SOUNDBITE)(French) TRANSITIONAL PRESIDENT MICHEL KAFANDO, SAYING: "This is a victory for the transitional government, who succeeded in organizing these elections in only one year. We've had, you know, those events, but despite everything we're still on course for the process to reach its term." Fourteen candidates are vying to succeed him, so they can schedule another historic ceremony -- the swearing in of a freely-elected leader.

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Burkina Faso holds first elections in decades

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 01:07