President Kabore vows reconciliation during second term

Roch Marc Kabore has been sworn in as President of Burkina Faso for a second term in office.

Mr Kabore was sworn into office in a ceremony attended by nearly a dozen peers from the region following his victory in a Nov. 22 presidential election which he won with 57.87% of the vote.

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In his inauguration address, President Kabore vowed to bring together the West African nation torn by violent Islamist militant attacks as he embarks on his second and final five-year term.

The landlocked Burkina Faso has been sucked into a violent security crisis during much of Kabore’s first term. The crisis has also overwhelmed much of West Africa in recent years.

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Islamist insurgents with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State have killed more than 2,000 people in attacks this year in Burkina Faso. Around 1 million people have been displaced. Nearly 7% of the electorate were unable to vote.

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Ethnic and religious tensions fuelled by the militant attacks have also increased, pulling at the seams of once-peaceful communities.

“There are several challenges, and hopes for the next five year. I will be particularly attentive to matters concerning national reconciliation, peace and security which will be the foundations of any development,” Kabore said.

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