Kafando sworn in as Burkina Faso transitional president

Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:08am EST
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OUAGADOUGOU Nov 18 (Reuters) - Michel Kafando was sworn in as transitional president of Burkina Faso on Tuesday, faced with the task of leading the West African country to elections in a year following a brief military takeover.

The former foreign minister, who will be barred from standing at the elections, is set to name a prime minister on Wednesday and together they will appoint a 25-member government, according a transition timetable.

"Our country will never be a 'banana republic'. Our eyes are open and things will never be the same again. We will scrupulously respect the political order in this country," Kafando told around 400 people at a hall in the capital.

Kafando was chosen by a committee on Monday set up after President Blaise Compaore resigned and fled on Oct. 31 in the face of 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 state. He restored the constitution on Saturday in the face of domestic and international pressure. (Reporting by Mathieu Bonkoungou and Nadoun Coulibaly; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg, Editing by Angus MacSwan)