UPDATE 3-Burkina names former foreign minister as interim leader

Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:39pm EST
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* Longtime ruler Compaore toppled last month

* Military commander named himself head of state

* New interim leader to guide country to elections next year (Adds Kafando to be sworn in on Tuesday)

By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Nadoun Coulibaly

OUAGADOUGOU, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Authorities in Burkina Faso named former foreign minister Michel Kafando as transitional president on Monday in a key step towards restoring democratic civilian rule in the wake of a military takeover.

Kafando was chosen as part of a charter hammered out after longtime President Blaise Compaore resigned and fled the country on Oct. 31 amid mass protests against his attempt to change the constitution and extend his 27-year rule.

Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida stepped in the following day and declared himself head of the West African state.

Kafando, who also twice served as ambassador to the United Nations, will be sworn in on Tuesday to lead the nation to elections next year at which he will be barred from standing.

His first task will be to name a prime minister to appoint a 25-member transitional government.   Continued...