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Burkina Faso presidential candidates launch campaigns

November 8, 2015

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Fourteen presidential candidates in Burkina Faso’s upcoming elections launched their campaigns Sunday and the transitional government urged them to be courteous and fair.

The Nov. 29 elections will elect a government to end the transitional one set up after former President Blaise Compaore was ousted in October 2014 in a popular uprising after nearly 30 years in power. These will be the country’s first elections without an incumbent president running.

Candidate Tahirou Barry says there’s a real chance for a democratic vote. Members of Compaore’s party are banned from running for president — a reason the presidential guard staged a failed coup in September — but they can run for parliamentary seats.

The election was originally scheduled for Oct. 11 but the short-lived coup changed the date.

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