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Burkina Faso presidential candidates launch campaigns for post-coup, rescheduled elections

Fourteen presidential candidates in Burkina Faso's upcoming elections launched their campaigns Sunday and the transitional government urged them to be courteous and fair.

The Nov. 29 elections will elect a government to end the transitional one set up after former President Blaise Compaore was ousted in October 2014 in a popular uprising after nearly 30 years in power. These will be the country's first elections without an incumbent president running.

Candidate Tahirou Barry says there's a real chance for a democratic vote. Members of Compaore's party are banned from running for president — a reason the presidential guard staged a failed coup in September — but they can run for parliamentary seats.

The election was originally scheduled for Oct. 11 but the short-lived coup changed the date.