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Coup d'Etat

Burkina Faso celebrates newly elected president

Burkina Faso took a step toward strengthening its democracy with the election on Tuesday of Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who will become the West African country's second elected civilian president since it became independent from France in 1960.

Hundreds of Kabore's supporters chanted "Presi, Presi" after preliminary results released Tuesday gave him an outright win with more than 53 percent of the vote. They cheered inside the Movement of the People for Progress party's headquarters, where celebrations continued Tuesday, as streets remained calm with a thick layer of dust because of West Africa's harmattan winds.

The election of Kabore, a former prime minister, is...