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Michel Kafando named new UN special rep. in Burundi

The former president of the transitional government in Burkina Faso (November 2014-December 2015), Michel Kafando, has been appointed the new special representative of the United Nations in Burundi, a diplomatic source told APA.75-year-old Kafando was a professional diplomat, and spent a good part of his career with the United Nations. He retired, and was called to lead the Transition in Burkina Faso after the fall of Blaise Compaore in late October 2014.

The former Burkinabi leader replaces the British diplomat, Jamal Benomar, whose appointment was not welcomed by the Burundian authorities.

 Kafando’s main task will be to bring the Burundians to the negotiating table, serving as liaison between Bujumbura and New York and working to bring Burundi back into the family of nations.



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