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Burkina Election: Roch Marc, far from win

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The problems were not on a scale to have any major impact on the result, they said, urging all parties to respect the outcome.

Burkina Faso’s president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, notched up a hefty lead Wednesday in results announced from more than half of the country’s voting districts following weekend elections.

Kabore, bidding for a second term at the helm of the troubled Sahel state, has 58.14 percent of the vote, according to the ongoing count conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

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Opposition leader Zephirin Diabre has 14.25 percent while Eddie Komboigo, who heads a former ruling party, has 13.62 percent, it said.

The figures are derived from results from 196 out of the 368 districts, embassies or consulates where votes for Sunday’s elections were cast.

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Kabore, 63, is seeking an overall majority from voting day to avoid a runoff in which he would stand against a single candidate backed by a united opposition.

He has been under fire for his response to a five-year-old jihadist campaign that has rolled in from Mali, claiming at least 1,200 lives and forcing around a million people to flee their homes.

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Sunday’s elections were for Burkina’s legislature as well as its presidency, where executive power in the former French colony is concentrated.

Opposition parties say the vote was marked by fraud and flawed procedures. On Monday, they threatened to reject “results stained by irregularities.”

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Their complaints include polling stations that either did not open or opened late, insecure handling of ballot boxes and arbitrary changes to voting areas.

Because of the unrest, the election was not held across at least one-fifth of the territory, denying up to 350,000 people of the right to vote, according to CENI’s figures.

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Parties supporting Kabore on Tuesday argued that the problems encountered on Sunday affected “all the competing candidates and political parties” in a similar way.

An opposition protest was scheduled to take place early Wednesday outside the vote tabulation centre but was cancelled.

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A joint observer team has been sent by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations and the African Union (AU).

It has met with governing and opposition figures in what one of the mission’s members described as “preventative diplomacy.”

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Burkina Faso Explosive: Six Casualties

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At least six people, mostly children, died when an improvised explosive device went off in northern Burkina Faso, security sources and local officials said on Sunday.

The IED, which exploded as the group’s cart was passing late Saturday, also injured four others, they said.

Northern Burkina Faso is notorious for jihadist attacks which have killed more than 1,000 people there and displaced about a million more since 2015.

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The victims were “nearly all children who were returning from grazing their livestock”, a local in Ouahigouya said. “The cart which carried some of them rolled over a mine.”

IED attacks have multiplied since 2018, killing nearly 200 military personnel and civilians, according to an AFP tally. Such attacks are often combined with an ambush.

Jihadist violence, which is often accompanied by inter-community strife, has killed more than 4,000 people in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, according to United Nations figures.


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Just in: Violence near Niger, 42,000 flee.

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About 42,000 people have fled violence by armed groups in northern Nigeria near the border with Niger in recent weeks, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Tuesday.

The region is prone to communal clashes over land and water rights, especially between nomadic herders and farmers.

The UN agency said the refugees, “mainly desperate women and children”, were being allowed to seek protection in Niger despite border closures as a result of the new coronavirus pandemic.

“Ongoing violence in parts of northwestern Nigeria forced an estimated 23,000 people to seek safety and security in Niger last month,” the agency said in a statement.

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“Fearing and fleeing the same insecurity in the border areas, an additional 19,000 Niger nationals have become displaced inside their own country,” it added.

The flight to Niger takes the total number of refugees fleeing that part of Nigeria to more than 60,000 since the first influx in April last year, it said.

The latest influx follows bloodshed in the Nigerian states of Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara, the agency said, adding that the worst attack in Katsina on April 18 left 47 people dead.

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“Those fleeing speak of extreme violence unleashed against civilians, murders, kidnappings for ransom and pillaging and looting of villages.”

Overall, Niger hosts more than half a million refugees, from Mali and Burkina Faso as well as Nigeria, according to a recent UN report.


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80 jihadists, women killed during Xmas eve in Burkina Faso.

A militant attack in northern Burkina Faso on Tuesday, December 24th killed 35 civilians, almost all of them women.

Seven soldiers and 80 jihadists were also killed in the double attack on a military base in Arbinda town in Soum province. It was one of the deadliest assaults in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the country.

Burkina Faso, bordering Mali and Niger, has seen regular jihadist attacks which have left hundreds dead since the start of 2015 when militant violence began to spread across the Sahel region.

“A large group of terrorists simultaneously attacked the military base and the civilian population in Arbinda. This barbaric attack resulted in the deaths of 35 civilian victims, most of them women,” President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said on Twitter, praising the “bravery and commitment” of the defence and security forces.

Communications minister and government spokesman Remis Dandjinou later said 31 of the civilian victims were women.

The president has declared 48-hours of national mourning.

The morning raid was carried out by dozens of jihadists on motorbikes and lasted several hours before armed forces backed by the air force drove the militants back, the army said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but jihadist violence in Burkina Faso has been blamed on militants linked to both Al Qaeda and Islamic State groups. Leaders of the G5 Sahel nations held summit talks in Niger earlier this month, calling for closer cooperation and international support in the battle against the Islamist threat.

Militant violence has spread across the vast Sahel region, especially in Burkina Faso and Niger, having started when armed Islamists revolted in northern Mali in 2012. The Sahel region of Africa lies to the south of the Sahara Desert and stretches across the breadth of the African continent.

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