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Burkina Faso Government Resigns Over Insecurity

Oluwaseye Ogunsanya December 9, 2021 13

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Burkina Faso’s premier and Government resigned on Wednesday, after protests over their inability to prevent Jihadist attacks.

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore accepted the resignation letter presented to him by Prime Minister Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire, in accordance with a presidential decree.

According to the law of Burkina Faso, the resignation of a prime minister requires the resignation of the entire government.

Dabire, on his Facebook page called on citizens to “support the president… and the new executive that will be put in place.”

“I invite the Burkinabes, as a whole to mobilise, to support the President of Faso and the new executive that will be put in place.

“I remain convinced that it is through unity of action that we will be able to meet the challenges our country and our people are facing,” he said.

Government Secretary-General, Stephane Wenceslas Sanou, while reading out the decree on public television said “the members of the outgoing government ensure the dispatch of the current affairs of the ministerial departments until the formation of a new government.”

Dabire was first appointed by Kabore in early 2019 as part of a reshuffle coinciding with a rising wave of Jihadist attacks in the impoverished country, and was reappointed in January 2021, following the president re-election for his second and last term.

Burkina Faso is one of the world’s poorest countries and its armed forces are ill-equipped to tackle highly mobile jihadists.

Attacks targeting civilians and soldiers are increasingly rampant, and the vast majority take place in the north and east, spilling in from neighbouring Mali.

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