By Nadoun Coulibaly and Joe Penney OUGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso votes in its first free election in three decades this weekend, choosing a replacement for long-time leader Blaise Compaore, who was ousted a year ago in a military-backed popular uprising in the landlocked West African nation. The polls were pushed back from Oct. 11 after an abortive coup in September by members of the now-disbanded elite presidential guard (RSP), but are expected to pass off peacefully. "This is definitely the most open election since the country's independence," said Cynthia Ohayon, West Africa analyst for the International Crisis Group.
Pope Francis lashed out at wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor as he visited a crowded Kenyan slum on Friday, wrapping up the first leg of a three-nation tour. "These are wounds inflicted by minorities who cling to power and wealth, who selfishly squander while a growing majority is forced to flee to abandoned, filthy and run-down peripheries," he told crowds in the slum on the outskirts of Nairobi. Several hours later, he left for Uganda, where he will spend two days before travelling to Central African Republic, a country wracked by sectarian conflict.