OUAGADOUGOU, A retired diplomat Michel Kafando has been elected, in the night of Sunday to Monday, to lead the civilian transition that will end up a year later with a new presidential election in Burkina Faso.
The doctor in public law at Sorbone in France is succeeding Lt- Col. Yacouba Isaac Zida who seized power after Blaise Compaoré was drove from power by a popular uprising.
Michel Kafando, born on Aug. 18, 1942, has minister of foreign affairs from 1981 to 1983, and permanent representative of Burkina Faso to the United Nations.
He promised to built from the transitional period a “truly democratic society” based on “social justice” .
The 72 year-old experienced diplomat has been elected by the civil society, political parties and army representatives that have preferred him to ex-minister Joséphine Ouédraogo, and Cherif Moumina Sy, chairman of a private media publishers company
Michel Kafando will be invested on Tuesday morning and will lead the Burkina Faso until the parliamentary and presidential elections to be held in November 2015.
According to the transitional bodies’ installation calendar issued on Sunday by the acting head of state Lt-Col Isaac Zida, the prime minister will be appointed on Tuesday and has to form, within two days, a 25-member government.