Burkina Faso has named former foreign minister Michael Kafando as transitional president in a key step towards returning the West African country to democracy following a military take over.
Kafando was chosen as part of a charter agreed between the army, political parties and activist groups following the ousting of President Blaise Campaore
Ablassé Ouedraogo, Secretary General of the Charter spelled out the role of the interim president:
“The president of the transitional government will occupy the function of president of (Burkina) Faso and head of state. He will uphold the constitution and the transition charter. His mandate concludes at the end of the transition, after the inauguration of a president, stemming from presidential elections.”General Issac Zida who assumed power after the toppling of Campaore was given two weeks to re-establish civilian rule by the African Union or face sanctions.
On Saturday Zida restored Burkina Faso’s constitution which had been suspended when Campaore was overthrown.