Burkina Faso president re-elected

2010-11-24 14:11

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso President Blais Compaore was re-elected with an 81 percent share of the vote in presidential elections, state media said on Wednesday.

Compaore, 59, in power since 1987, was elected in Sunday's first round ballot with 1.3 million votes, according to the Sidwaya newspaper, which said the findings were based on local poll counts.

If confirmed, the president's share would increase from the 80% he won in the last election in 2005.

His nearest rivals were far behind in the count with Hama Arba Diallo, a northern challenger, winning just under 8% and opposition leader Benewende Stanislas Sankara achieving 5.52%, according to the report.

Sankara and Diallo and two other of six challengers to Campoare said on Tuesday they would reject the outcome of Sunday's vote, citing serious irregularities in the poll whose results are expected to be officially announced on Thursday.