Several failed candidates congratulate President Roch Kaboré on his re-election

In Burkina Faso, several opponents and unsuccessful presidential candidates sent their congratulations to Elected President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on November 22. Among these candidates, Zéphirin Diabré, the opposition leader. The head of state praised this approach, which according to him testifies to the maturity of democracy in Burkina Faso.

as reported from Ouagadougou, Yaya Boudani

Zéphirin Diabré went to the campaign headquarters of the People’s Movement for Progress (MPP) after other unfortunate candidates such as Tahirou Barry, Monique Yeli Kam, Gilbert Ouedraogo or Ablassé Ouedraogo.

“It was a private visit,” RFI told an UPC official, Zéphirin Diabré’s party. Wearing a dress in Faso danfani, the traditional Burkinabé loincloth, the opposition leader went to congratulate the winner of the presidential election. In the photos published on President Kaboré’s Facebook page – taken by many Internet users – we see the two men sitting side by side.

Last Friday night, I received congratulations from UPC’s presidential candidate Zéphirin Diabré. I salute his approach, which is in line with the Republican spirit in our political class and testifies to the maturity of our democracy. # BurkinaFaso pic.twitter.com/GrkA3NUydm

– Roch KABORE (@rochkaptepf) 27 November 2020

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré welcomed “this approach, which is in line with the political spirit of our political class”. This visit comes when opponents, including Zéphirin Diabré, condemned irregularities during the vote on 22 November and prepared to appeal to the Constitutional Council.

“These appeals are not against the MPP, the party for Kaboré, but against Céni for dysfunctions in the organization of the vote,” said a member of Zéphirin Diabre’s campaign team.

As for Eddie Komboïgo from CDP, who came in second place, according to preliminary results, he has not yet made the trip to the MPP’s campaign headquarters. “He has not done it yet, but he will do it,” assures an official of the Congress for Democracy and Progress.

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