Burkina Faso: Party of ousted president picks new candidate for October vote

July 11, 2015 5:06 PM

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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – Burkina Faso's former ruling party has nominated an ex-lawmaker as its presidential candidate in a vote scheduled for October, one year after a popular uprising forced longtime President Blaise Compaore to resign and flee the country.

Eddie Comboigo, an accountant, accepted the nomination Saturday at a packed stadium in the capital, Ouagadougou. During his speech, he asked for a standing ovation for Compaore, whom he credited with having set Burkina Faso on a path to modernity during his 27 years in office despite widespread comp...

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