Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba
Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba

The government, led by Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba, is taking over a country that has experienced 27 years of rule by former President Blaise Compaore who was deposed by protesters in October 2014 against his bid to extend his terms.

Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba
Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba

Observers say the government is expected to inject vitality in the national economy which has been affected by a drop in prices of gold and cotton — the two biggest sources of income for the West African nation.

In this regard, the prime minister has named renowned economist Madam Alizatou Rosine Coulibaly as the Minister for Economy, Finance and Development.

On the security front, due to terrorist threats and the national army which is still under reconstruction after a failed coup in September last year, President Roch Kabore has retained the position of defense while a senior member of his party, Simon Compaore, was named as the territorial administration and security minister.

Burkinabes are also waiting for the new government to resolve pending social justice issues such as the debate over the killing of former President Thomas Sankara and journalist Nobert Zongo, and the execution of an international arrest warrant against former President Compaore.

In a way to assure citizens of the visibility of governmental actions, a journalist called Remis Dandjinou who runs a private station, BurkinaInfo TV, has been named to head the Communication Ministry.

During his first speech, Prime Minister Thieba reiterated that “youths had taken the responsibility of marching in the streets, without fearing bullets or death to end Compaore’s regime.”

“This shows that we have to take our destiny in our own hands and build a better future,” he said, urging the population to remain united. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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