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Burkina Faso swears in new president, capping transition

Burkina Faso's new president Roch Marc Christian Kabore reviews a military honour guard following his swearing-in ceremony in Ouagadougou on December 29, 2015Roch Marc Christian Kabore was sworn in as Burkina Faso’s president on Tuesday, completing the troubled west African state’s transition after the overthrow of its longtime ruler, Blaise Compaore. “It’s a triumph of orderly transition, democracy and freedom,” said interim president Michel Kafando at the swearing-in ceremony, which kicked off the first of two possible five-year terms for Kabore. Regional leaders from Benin, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Senegal were on hand for the event attended by some 5,000 people at a sports centre in the capital Ouagadougou.

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