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Taiwan hoping to build ties with Burkina Faso's new government

Taiwan hoping to build ties with Burkina Faso's new government

Taiwan said Wednesday that it is looking forward to working with Burkina Faso's new leader to advance bilateral relations in the wake of the African country's presidential election, which was held Nov. 29 after months of political unrest.

Initial results show Roch Marc Christian Kabore, a former prime minister, securing about 53.5 percent of the votes in the presidential election, while his main rival Zephirin Diabre gained 29.65 percent, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted in a statement.

Burkina Faso's constitutional council is expected to make an official announcement of the winner soon, the ministry said.

The foreign ministry congratulated the people of Burkina Faso on opening a new chapter in the country's democracy and said Taiwan hopes to work with the new leader to strengthen the bilateral relations.

It was the first election in Burkina Faso since last year's popular uprising, which toppled longstanding President Blaise Compaore. An interim government was later established to run the country until a new leader could be elected.

The vote was scheduled for October but was postponed due to an attempted coup by members of the presidential guard in September.

Kabore has also served as transport and communications minister, president of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso and finance minister, among other posts.

Burkina Faso is one of Taiwan's three diplomatic allies in Africa. (By Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-09-21 23:09 GMT+08:00