Burkina Faso’s leader Blaise Compaore won a presidential election in his West African state with a massive 80.21 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results released by authorities.
The score means that Compaore, who seized power in a 1987 coup and has gone on to become a key power-broker in the region, is set to be re-elected without facing a run-off.
He was widely tipped for reelection against opponents who lacked funding to campaign across the cotton and gold-producing country. According to results read out by the election commission, his nearest challenger scored just eight percent, Reuters reports.
A landlocked country of 15 million people, Burkina Faso has avoided the instability that has plagued its neighbours and has in recent years benefited from high gold and cotton prices.
But while the capital Ouagadougou has established itself as a venue for international conferences, the country remains poor and stuck at 161st place out of 169 countries on the U.N.’s Human Development Index, a composite measure of life quality.
UN reports said Compaore supported insurgents during Sierra Leone’s civil war, which ended in 2002. He has since become a key mediator in the region, involved in the Ivory Coast peace process and moves to restore civilian rule in Guinea.