Burkina Faso will hold a presidential election on Nov. 21 this year, the West African country’s government said on state television yesterday.
President Blaise Compaore, who has been in power since a 1987 coup d’etat, was last elected for a five-year term in 2005.
Compaore is a prominent figure in regional politics. He attempted to broker a deal to end the political deadlock that has beset Ivory Coast since its 2002-03 civil war, though an election timetable agreed under his auspices has not been met.
Last month he mediated talks between Guinea’s military junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara, who is in Ouagadougou convalescing after a December assassination attempt, and the acting head of state who took over from Camara.
Pic: President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Fasso