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Burkina Faso selects interim leader

Burkina Faso's interim leader, Michel Kafando, will oversee the government transition process, with his first task being the selection of a prime minister, who will then appoint a 25-member government.

By JC Finley
Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore, pictured in August, resigned Oct. 31, 2014, amid violent unrest that broke out in response to a proposed constitutional amendment that would have extended the presidential term limit, allowing Compaore -- who held the post for 27 years -- to run for office again. (UPI/Mike Theiler)
Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore, pictured in August, resigned Oct. 31, 2014, amid violent unrest that broke out in response to a proposed constitutional amendment that would have extended the presidential term limit, allowing Compaore -- who held the post for 27 years -- to run for office again. (UPI/Mike Theiler) | License Photo

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Burkina Faso has announced a veteran diplomat will serve as interim leader following President Blaise Compaore's ouster Oct. 31.

Former Foreign Minister Michel Kafando was named interim leader on Monday by an electoral college formed by the military, which has been overseeing the government.

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Army Lt. Col. Isaac Zida took control of the transitional government in the wake of Compaore's departure. Despite assertions by the military that "Power does not interest us," military control prompted massive rallies in Ouagadougou. Earlier this month, the African Union set a two-week deadline for the military to cede power to civilian rule.

Kafando will oversee the government transition process, with his first task being the selection of a prime minister, who will then appoint a 25-member government.

According to the Transition Charter, elections must be held within a year. Kafando, however, will not be eligible to run for president.

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