Burkina Faso: Party of ousted president picks new candidate for October vote

Burkina Faso's former ruling party has nominated an ex-lawmaker as its presidential candidate in a vote scheduled for October, one year after a popular uprising forced longtime President Blaise Compaore to resign and flee the country.

Eddie Comboigo, an accountant, accepted the nomination Saturday at a packed stadium in the capital, Ouagadougou. During his speech, he asked for a standing ovation for Compaore, whom he credited with having set Burkina Faso on a path to modernity during his 27 years in office despite widespread complaints about corruption and misrule.

A new electoral law says anyone who supported Compaore's bid to stay in office cannot stand in the October vote, though the party has filed a complaint against transitional authorities over the code with a West African regional court.