Ghana President John Dramani Mahama is in Burkina Faso to attend the inauguration of President-elect Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
58-year old Christian Kabore was elected in November 2015 as part of transitional arrangements put in place by the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government during the Chairmanship of President John Mahama.
He is a former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso.
Though originally planned for October, the elections had to be postponed to November because of a coup by the Presidential Guards. Another round of mediations by ECOWAS Leaders, including President John Mahama saw the restoration to office of the Transitional President Michel Kafando and his Prime Minister.
Accompanying the President to Ouagadougou are Former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia and officials of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the newly elected leader of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) Dr. Edward Mahama and officials of the PNC.
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) in size. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. Its capital is Ouagadougou. As of 2014, its population was estimated at just over 17.3 million.
Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara. Residents of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabé. French is an official language of government and business.