"Cohesive society" of Burkina Faso needs protection from extremists

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Protesters burn tires on the streets of Ouagadogou, Burkina Faso, following the government takeover by members of the presidential guard, earlier this year. File Photo: Brahima Ouedraogo/IRIN

The "cohesive society" of Burkina Faso needs protection from extremism on its border, if the country is to avoid radicalization.

That's the message from Pascal Karorero, UN Development Programme Resident Representative to the West African country.

Presidential elections were held on Sunday, the first following the ousting of Blaise Compaore last year, and a failed military coup earlier in 2015.

Mr Karorero was at UN headquarters for a high-level UNDP discussion on preventing and responding to violent extremism in Africa.

He spoke to Tsigue Shiferaw.

Duration: 3'06"

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