With 57.87% of the vote according to the preliminary results, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré won the first round of the presidential election. He succeeded in his famous knockout shot and leaves a second period. Eddie Komboïgo, from the CDP, the former ruling party, comes in second (15.48% of the vote) and Zéphirin Diabré, the current opposition leader, comes in third with just over 12% of the vote. As soon as his victory was announced, President Kaboré promised “permanent consultation” and that he would be “president of all of Burkinabè, without exception”.
With our special correspondent in Ouagadougou, Carine Frenk
Although the opposition, in a Republican stance, chose to note the preliminary results, the political climate in recent days has suddenly become tense in Burkina Faso. The opposition condemned the frauds and shortcomings of a nature, according to it, to weaken the sincerity of the vote, which saw the outgoing president, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, re-elected in the first round.
Calm your spirits and face terrorism
According to an analyst, if his victory is confirmed by the Constitutional Council, therefore, the head of state’s first challenge will appease the spirits. The social structure is already weakened by the crisis that the country is going through. During the campaign, President Kaboré promised a national reconciliation forum in the first quarter of next year.
But will he first reach out to any opponents? In any case, he said open to dialogue. “I do not forget the voters who made another choice. I hear their concerns and criticisms. I undertake to take into account their expectations. I would also like to honor the other candidates in this election. I am deeply connected to consultation and permanent dialogue, he explained.
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The second major project for Roch Marc Christian Kaboré will be that of uncertainty. He promised to strengthen the operational capacity of the Defense and Security Forces. According to one of his relatives, the head of state will never stop repeating this message: “We must remain united and united in the face of terrorism.”
Participation in the first round was 50.79%, far from the record set during the 2015 presidential election. The face of the new National Assembly is still unknown at the moment. Céni has until Sunday, November 29 to publish the results. The Constitutional Council will announce the final results of this double vote.
The opposition wants to “preserve peace, stability and security” in the country
According to these preliminary results published yesterday by Ceni (the Independent National Electoral Commission), Roch Marc Christian Kaboré won in the first round with 57.87% of the vote ahead of Eddie Komboïgo from the CDP (15.48%) and Zéphirin Diabré, the current opposition leader ( just over 12%). As for the other ten candidates, they share the remaining 14%: Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo receives 3.36%, Tahirou Barry 2.19%, former Transitional Minister Isaac Zida 1.52% …
On Thursday, November 26, shortly after this announcement, the seven candidates who signed the opposition’s political agreement held their positions. The announcement of the preliminary results at CENI took place in the absence of the seven candidates who signed the political agreement. A first document taken before delivering their statement, read by Tahirou Barry: “The political opposition notes the provisional results announced by Ceni and reserves the right to use legal remedies to address the inequalities noted during the vote. ”
Opponents, of course, remember the shortcomings and irregularities which, according to them, call into question the sincerity of the vote. But in a Republican spirit, they do not appeal to the streets: “The political opposition reaffirms its renewed desire to preserve peace, stability and security in Burkina Faso by placing the nation’s best interests first – above all other considerations.”
On Sunday, many voters said: they were afraid of fraud and disputes. “With the security and humanitarian crisis that the country is going through, Burkina can not afford the luxury of a post-election crisis,” said those voters, who were undoubtedly relieved to some extent on Thursday night.