Burkina Faso rebounds from military plot to elect new President

 prez 1 Roch Marc Christian Kabore waves to supporters in Ouagadougou on December 1, 2015 after winning Burkina Faso’s presidential election.

After nearly three decades of autocratic rule followed by a civil uprising, Burkina Faso has a new leader.

Roch Marc Christian Kabore won more than 53% of votes in Sunday’s elections, according to an official tally. The results mean Kabore, a former Prime Minister of the West African nation, will become its next President.

His closest opponent, Zephirin Diabre, conceded defeat after winning less than 30% of votes.

The road to this week’s vote has been bumpy. Just two months ago, a military plot tried to derail the election. Now experts say this looks to be the most democratic polling in the country’s history.

The people have themselves to thank for that, said Chris Fomunyoh from the Washington-based National Democratic Institute, which is overseeing election observers.

Ever since a citizen uprising overthrew President Blaise Compaore a year ago — after he ruled over the country for 27 years — civil society has done a lot of work to assure the quality of this election.

“They feel a sense of ownership,” said Fomunyoh, who is overseeing some 6,000 election observers, all local citizens who have trained up for the task.

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