Compaore sworn in for new term

2010-12-21 11:44

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso leader Blaise Compaore was sworn in for a new term as president on Monday, extending his 23-year rule over the poor west African producer of cotton and gold.

Compaore, who seized power in a 1987 coup and has become a regional power-broker, won a November 21 election with a landslide 80.15% of the vote, a result upheld despite complaints of irregularities.

Compaore, 59, won a further five years in office.

The UN reports said Compaore supported insurgents during Sierra Leone's civil war, which ended in 2002. He has since become a key mediator in the region, involved in the Ivory Coast peace process and moves to restore civilian rule in Guinea.

A landlocked country of 15 million people, Burkina Faso has avoided the instability that has plagued its neighbours and has in recent years benefited from high commodities prices.

But while the capital Ouagadougou has established itself as a venue for international conferences, the country remains poor and stuck at 161st place out of 169 countries on the UN's Human Development Index, a composite measure of life quality.