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Burkina Faso: Ruling party wins municipal elections

Burkina Faso: Ruling party wins municipal elections
MPP wins over half of almost 20,000 local council seats, defeating main opposition party headed by former president

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AA) – Burkina Faso's electoral body has declared President Roch Marc Kabore’s People's Movement for Progress (MPP) the winner of recent municipal elections.

The MPP won 11,167 out of almost 20,000 local council seats, Barthelemy Kere, head of the country’s Electoral Commission told a news conference late on Wednesday.

The opposition Union for Progress and Change (UPC) came far behind with 3,051 seats, followed by the former president Blaise Compaore’s Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) with 2,134 seats. Other small parties won less than 10 percent of the vote combined.

Voter turnout was 47 percent according to the Electoral Commission.

Municipal councils which were mostly managed by CDP were dissolved by the authorities in Nov. 2014, after Compaore was ousted during a popular uprising after being in power for 27 years.

Kabore was elected president in December last year after a one-year transitional period.

source: News Feed
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