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President Roch Marc Christian Kabore addresses supporters in Ouagadougou after learning he will serve another five years as Burkina Faso's president, according to provisional results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission Thursday Nov 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Sophie Garcia)

Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore re-elected

Nov. 26, 2020 3:30 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Roch Marc Christian Kabore will serve another five years as Burkina Faso’s president, according to provisional results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission on Thursday. Kabore won with nearly 58% of the vote, beating 12 opponents and claiming...

An election official counts the ballots in at a polling station in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for the presidential and legislative elections late Sunday Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Sophie Garcia)

Burkina Faso counts ballots; extremist threats affected vote

Nov. 23, 2020 9:14 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Votes are being counted in Burkina Faso after Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections, where threats of extremist violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State prevented parts of the country from casting ballots. Election workers began the counting after...

People line up to vote in Burkina Faso's presidential and legislative elections in Ouagadougou Sunday Nov. 22, 2020. Voters went to the polls in Burkina Faso on Sunday for the elections that have been marred by ongoing extremist violence in this landlocked West African nation. (AP Photo/Sophie Garcia)

Burkina Faso votes amid ongoing extremist violence, threats

Nov. 22, 2020 12:15 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Fears of attacks by extremists prevented voting in many parts of Burkina Faso on Sunday, as the country went to the polls for presidential and legislative elections marred by ongoing violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Election and local government...

American citizen killed in Burkina Faso, US State Dept says

Nov. 22, 2020 5:11 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — An American citizen has been killed in the capital of the West African nation of Burkina Faso, according to the U.S. State Department. The State Department said late Saturday it was not aware that the person had any affiliation with the U.S. government, but declined to...

Supporters of Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore attend a campaign rally in Bobo-Dioulasso Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Burkina Faso will go to the polls on Nov. 22, 2020, to vote in presidential and legislative elections marred by ongoing violence. Attacks linked to Islamic militants have ravaged the once peaceful nation.(AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Burkina Faso to vote amid escalating violence

Nov. 20, 2020 7:28 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso will vote in presidential and legislative elections on Sunday, amid escalating extremist violence that’s killed more than 2,000 people this year and displaced some one million people from their homes. Speaking at a packed rally on his campaign tour in...