Burkina Faso – President Kaboré resigns from his government


Burkinabès President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré resigned on Wednesday from his Prime Minister Christophe Marie Joseph Dabiré, author of a “letter of resignation” that automatically leads to that of the entire government.

Archive picture of President Kaboré.


“The President of Faso (…) referring to the letter of resignation (…) of December 8, 2021 on the resignation of the Prime Minister’s Ordinances: The offices of Prime Minister of Mr. Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré will be terminated”, the public secretary general said on television of the government, Stéphane Wenceslas Sanou, reading the presidential decree.

According to the legal provisions in Burkina Faso, this resignation of the Prime Minister automatically entails the resignation of the entire government. According to the texts, “the members of the outgoing government ensure that the current affairs of the ministries are passed on until a new government is formed,” said Stéphane Wenceslas Sanou.

In office since January 2019, Christophe Dabiré, former Commissioner for Trade, Competition and Cooperation of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (Uemoa), was re-elected for the second time in January 2021 after the re-election of Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and last term.

Spiral of violence

On November 26th, on the eve of a march to denounce the “inability” of the authorities to face the jihadist violence, which has claimed around 2,000 deaths and 1.4 million displaced persons since 2015, President Kaboré announced new measures, underlining “ the need for a tighter and more cohesive team at government level “.

The President of Burkinabè also announced that next week “a clean hands campaign will be launched to clear up all pending corruption files and solve all cases that pollute the daily life of Burkinabe, which is in love with good governance and democracy”.

Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been caught in a spiral of violence attributed to jihadist armed groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group. Attacks on civilians and soldiers are becoming more frequent and the vast majority are concentrated in the north and east of the country. The attack on a gendarmerie detachment in Inata (north), one of the deadliest against the security forces, on November 14th was deeply shocking: at least 57 people, including 53 gendarmes, were killed by armed jihadists.


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