Former foreign minister and career diplomat Michel Kafando has been chosen as Burkina Faso’s interim president, officials in the West African country announced Monday and will head the country until 2015.
Kafando, one of four candidates, was selected after several hours of negotiation. “The consensus candidate is Michel Kafando,” said Ignace Sandwidi, a representative of the Catholic Church, which was involved in the discussions to find a leader.
The move follows the signing of a charter on Sunday mapping out a year-long transition to elections.
Mr Kafando was one of four possible candidates for the post, including two journalists and an academic.
The army took power after President Blaise Compaore was forced to resign on 31 October during mass protests.
Lt Col Isaac Zida, who declared himself head of the West African state, has pledged to hand over power to a civilian authority.
The transitional charter will see an interim legislative chamber and a transitional leader installed until elections are organised next year.
Mr Kafando, 72, was chosen by a special panel composed of religious, military, political, civil and traditional leaders.
Negotiations in the capital Ouagadougou continued into the early hours of Monday morning.
African Union welcomes new leader
The African Union on Monday welcomed the appointment of Mr Kafando as Burkina Faso’s interim president following the ousting of its veteran leader.
AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma praised the people of the west African state “for their political maturity and sense of responsibility”, and called for “a smooth transition under the direction of civil authorities.”
SOURCE: Daily Monitor