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Veteran diplomat Michel Kafando attends on November 18, 2014 his swearing-in ceremony in Ouagadougou as Burkina Faso's interim president to oversee a one-year transition back to civilian rule in the west African country. Kafando, appointed in the wake of violent protests that brought down President Blaise Compaore and led to a brief army power grab, pledged he would not let the country become a "banana republic". He is poised to formally take over on September 20 from an interim military ruler. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Burkina Faso set to appoint army's Zida as prime minister

November 19, 2014

Veteran diplomat Michel Kafando attends on November 18, 2014 his swearing-in ceremony in Ouagadougou as Burkina Faso's interim president to oversee a one-year transition back to civilian rule in the west African country. Kafando, appointed in the wake of violent protests that brought down President Blaise Compaore and led to a brief army power grab, pledged he would not let the country become a "banana republic". He is poised to formally take over on September 20 from an interim military ruler.             AFP PHOTO / STRINGER        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images) Veteran diplomat Michel Kafando attends on November 18, 2014 his swearing-in ceremony in Ouagadougou as Burkina Faso’s interim president to oversee a one-year transition back to civilian rule in the west African country. Kafando, appointed in the wake of violent protests that brought down President Blaise Compaore and led to a brief army power grab, pledged he would not let the country become a “banana republic”. He is poised to formally take over on September 20 from an interim military ruler. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)[/caption] Ouagadougou (AFP) – Veteran diplomat Michel Kafando, just sworn in as Burkina Faso’s interim president to oversee a year-long transition to civilian rule, will on Wednesday appoint army strongman Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister, a senior officer has told AFP

The deal has been agreed between politicians and army leaders, said the officer.

“We negotiated the post of prime minister. Everyone agrees,” said the officer, adding that the post of prime minister will “return to Lieutenant-Colonel Zida”.

“It was on this understanding that we gave the post of president … to civilians,” added the officer.

Zida was put in power in the immediate aftermath of the uprising against longtime-leader Blaise Compaore last month.

Kafando was sworn in on Tuesday and pledged he would not let the country become a “banana republic”.

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