"Genuine democracy" must be supported in Burkina Faso

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Michel Kafando. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The international community has been asked to continue to support efforts to "anchor genuine democracy" in Burkina Faso.

The appeal was made by the country's interim president in an address to the UN General Assembly on Friday.

Michel Kafando heads a transitional government which came to power following a popular uprising in October 2014.

He was deposed in a coup d'état last month but was reinstated a week ago.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

President Kafando described the 16 September coup d'état in the West African country as "heinous." 

He began his speech by extolling the virtue of "true liberty."

He said he was able to speak freely at the United Nations, thanks to the support of the international community. 

"The people of Burkina Faso have asked me to speak to you, to your nations of peace, and convey our deep appreciation to you. We ask you to continue to support our efforts to anchor genuine democracy in Burkina Faso through holding free and transparent elections that we will be organizing shortly.”

Mr Kafando also addressed issues of global concern such as climate change and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

He praised the international solidarity in fighting the disease.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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