Burkina Faso inaugurates Kafando as transitional president in wake of brief military takeover

Burkina Faso has sworn in former U.N. ambassador Michel Kafando as transitional president to help lead the land-locked West African country to stability after a brief military takeover last month.

Kafando, 72, took the oath of office Tuesday promising to honor the constitution.

A day earlier, he was named transitional president to lead Burkina Faso to elections a year from now.

For nearly three decades, Burkina Faso was ruled by President Blaise Compaore, who fled office earlier this month amid rising opposition protests — notably over efforts to alter the constitution so he could seek a new term.

Many at the inauguration shouted support for Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida who had been named by the military as transitional leader after Compaore fled.