Burkina Faso incumbent president Kabore wins second term

Burkina Faso's incumbent president, Roch Kabore has won a second term after gaining an outright majority in the first round of elections.

Kabore was leading with just 12 of around 360 voting districts declared on Monday, the electoral commission said.

In victory remarks, Kabore attempted to present a unified Burkina Faso.

"We are all Burkinabe, seeking to build a better Burkina Faso together," he said.

"It is a victory and we do have joy in our hearts, but there is also a major responsibility -- that of being the president of all Burkinabe, without exception."

Kabore, who became president of the west African nation in 2015, defeated 12 opponents in the first round, receiving 1.6 million out of 3 million votes cast.

Many opposition figures decried the election as marred by bribery and irregularities, but independent commentators say the election was the most open for years.