Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who has ruled Burkina Faso since 2015, won 58% of the vote to remain as president, according to the west African country’s National Independent Electoral Commission. The election was held on Sunday, November 22, and the announcement made on November 26.
Kabore beat 12 opponents in the first round of voting, receiving 1.6 million out of 3 million votes cast. The landslide victory removes the need for a runoff ballot.
Independent commentators say the election was the most open for years, while many opposition figures claimed the election as marred by bribery and irregularities. Polling stations in some parts of the country were unable to open due to unrest caused by jihadi insurgents from neighbouring Mali.
In victory remarks, Kabore attempted to present a unified Burkina Faso.
“We are all Burkinabe, seeking to build a better Burkina Faso together,” he said.
“It is a victory and we do have joy in our hearts, but there is also a major responsibility — that of being the president of all Burkinabe, without exception.”
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