Burkina Faso

No majority for President-elect’s party in Burkina Faso


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The party of President-elect Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won the most seats in last Sunday’s general election but does not have an overall majority.

Results announced by the electoral commission give the president-elect’s People’s Movement for Progress (MPP) 55 seats in the 127 seat National Assembly; they needed 64 seats for an overall majority. The Union for Progress and Reform (UPC), the party of the runner-up in the presidential election, Zéphirin Diabré, came second with 33 seats. Whilst the former ruling party of Blaise Compaoré, the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP), came third with 18 seats.

A further eleven parties won representation. This means that the new president will have to form a coalition government and the probability is that he will appeal to some of the smaller parties to give him a majority.

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