Burkina Faso Irons Out October Presidential Election Date

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From News 24

Burkina Faso will hold presidential and legislative elections on 11 October, interim president Michel Kafando announced on Thursday, put an ending to uncertainty over the political calendar.

The decision came days after political parties, the interim government and the electoral commission put forward possible dates for the first vote since the overthrow of president Blaise Compaore.

Burkina Faso’s military seized power on 31 October after Compaore was ousted in a popular revolt sparked by his bid to extend his 27-year hold on power.

A National Transitional Council then took over governing the west African state of 18 million people.

The government has now decided to hold “simultaneous presidential and legislative elections on 11 October 2015,” Kafando said on the margins of a meeting with media chiefs in the presidential palace.

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