OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s president has nominated a new prime minister after a mass resignation last week.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Saturday appointed Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire as the West African nation’s new premier in a decree read on Burkina Faso National Television.
Dabire was a health minister under former President Blaise Compaore’s government, and later represented Burkina Faso at the West African Economic and Monetary Union. A new government will also be named.
Dabire is replacing Paul Kaba Tieba, who resigned along with his government on Friday.
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No reason was given for the resignations, but the government faces a growing extremist threat with increased attacks.
The body of a Canadian national kidnapped by jihadis was found last week. Another Canadian and an Italian have been missing since mid-December.