February 11, 2010 / 8:36 AM / 9 years ago

Burkina Faso to hold presidential vote November 21

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore adjusts headphones during a news conference at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso will hold a presidential election on November 21 this year, the West African country’s government said on state television on Thursday.

President Blaise Compaore, who has been in power since a 1987 coup d’etat, was last elected for a five-year term in 2005.

Compaore is a prominent figure in regional politics. He attempted to broker a deal to end the political deadlock that has beset Ivory Coast since its 2002-03 civil war, though an election timetable agreed under his auspices has not been met.

Last month he mediated talks between Guinea’s military junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara, who is in Ouagadougou convalescing after a December assassination attempt, and the acting head of state who took over from Camara.

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