After roller-coaster year, Burkina votes for new president

Supporters of Burkina Faso's presidential candidate Zephirin Diabre hold signs during a presidential campaign meeting on November 25, 2015 in OuagadougouAfter a rocky year that saw Burkina’s people rise up to oust a longtime leader and then repel a military coup, the west African nation on Sunday elects a new president in a vote hailed as a fresh start for the country. “We will ensure that true democracy is consolidated in Burkina Faso,” interim leader Michel Kafando said last month as the nation of 20 million people geared up to elect a new leader for the first time in almost three decades. Little more than a year ago, in October 2014, then ruler Blaise Compaore fled the country after 27 years at the helm after being toppled by a popular uprising that lasted less than 48 hours.

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