- The Burkina Faso government will hold the general polls on 21 November, a cabinet statement has said. The electoral lists would be compiled 1- 21 March, according ot the statement.
President Blaise Compaore, who chaired the meeting, came to power in a 1987 coup in which his predecessor Thomas Sankara was killed.
President Compaore, 59, was then elected to the office in 1991, winning further mandates in 1998 and 2005.
Under the terms of the constitution, which was revised in 2002, the president should be elected once every five years and can serve two terms.
Compaore has not yet indicated whether he will seek re-election.
Two opposition candidates have already put their names forward, Benewende Sankara, the leader of the main opposition Union for the Renaissance/Sankarist Party, and Norbert Michel Tiendrebeogo of the Social Forces Front (FFS).
In the 2005 poll, Mr Sankara came second with 4.88 percent of the vote while Tiendrebeogo was seventh with 1.61 percent.
The cabinet statement released today, did also not make any suggestion that the current president would run for polls in November.
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