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Burkina Faso Sets Late November Poll

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FILE - People wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station in Ouagadougou during Burkina Faso's legislative and municipal elections, December 2, 2012.

FILE - People wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station in Ouagadougou during Burkina Faso's legislative and municipal elections, December 2, 2012.

Burkina Faso's presidential and parliamentary elections, delayed by a failed coup, will take place November 29.

The elections, seen as a major step in the impoverished West African country's road to democracy, were originally scheduled for October 11 but had to be postponed after a short-lived putsch by elite troops loyal to deposed leader Blaise Compaore.

The presidential guard (RSP) announced the coup September 17, bringing the country to the edge of chaos for six days before the bid collapsed, with its leaders admitting they did not enjoy popular support.

The RSP disarmed and was formally disbanded at a ceremony in the capital, Ouagadougou, this month.

Compaore was ousted in a popular uprising last year after 27 years in power. A number of close aides and supporters have been arrested in connection with the attempted coup.

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