Burkina Faso votes in test for Compaore regime

PHOTO | AHMED OUOBA A woman casts her ballot in a polling station in Ouagadougou during legislative and municipal elections, on December 2, 2012.

What you need to know:

  • Sunday's elections are the first since a deep crisis erupted in early 2011, when a wave of mutinies and violent popular protests almost toppled the administration of Compaore, who has been in power since a 1987 military coup
  • A new biometric voter registration system was introduced after the opposition claimed voter fraud in past elections, including the 2010 presidential vote
  • The vote also comes as Burkina Faso is tied up in regional conflict, with Compaore acting as chief mediator of the crisis in Islamist-controlled northern Mali.

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