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Burkina Faso’s Compaore Elected to Fourth Term

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore was elected to a fourth term, extending his 23-year rule as the leader of one of the world’s poorest countries.

Compaore, 59, won 80.2 percent of ballots cast Nov. 21, said Moussa Michel Tapsoba, president of the country’s electoral commission. Hama Arba Diallo was the second-highest vote getter, with 8.2 percent. Voter turnout was 55 percent, Tapsoba told reporters in Ouagadougou today.

A complaint by opposition parties of irregularities was not enough to “affect the freedom, credibility and transparency” of the ballot, said the Economic Community of West African States, which observed the election.

Candidates have 48 hours to register complaints with the country’s Constitutional Council, which will declare the final results, Tapsoba said.

Compaore has ruled the landlocked West African nation since he seized power in a coup in 1987. Burkina Faso is “heavily dependent” on exports of cotton and gold, according to the African Development Bank. The country ranks 161st out of 169 countries on the United Nations’ Human Development Index, which measures life expectancy, education and income.

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