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On December 18, Burkina Faso’s Constitutional Council approved the results of the November 22 general elections in the country. In the struggle for the presidency, the leader of the People’s Movement for Progress (NDP) R. Kabore won with 57.74% of the vote. Based on the results of the parliamentary elections, in which about 3 million voters took part (with a turnout of 50.7%), a new composition of the highest legislative body of Burkina Faso – the National Assembly was formed (unicameral parliament, 127 deputy mandates). The seats in the renewed parliament were distributed as follows: NDP – 56, Congress for Democracy and Progress (KDP) – 20, New Stage of Democracy (NED) – 13, Union for Progress and Change (UCP) – 12. The remaining 26 parliamentary mandates were divided among 11 small political parties.

Observers for the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and a number of African non-governmental organizations noted that voting was free and transparent, despite the difficult security situation in some constituencies. In general, no serious violations that could affect the results of the expression of the will of the population have been recorded.

We welcome the results of the presidential and parliamentary elections held in Burkina Faso, which became an important stage in the country’s democratic development. We hope that Russian-Burkina friendly relations will continue to strengthen for the benefit of the peoples of the two states, as well as in the interests of ensuring sustainable development on the African continent.

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