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President relinquishes Defence portfolio in reshuffle

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has carried out a Cabinet reshuffle in which he has ceded control of the defence ministry to Jean Claude Bouda. The full list of the […]

MPP win Municipal Elections

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore’s People’s Movement for Progress (MPP) was the winner in Burkina Faso’s municipal elections which took place last Sunday. They were the first local elections held […]

Burkina Faso holds Municipal Council elections

The voters of Burkina Faso are voting in municipal elections today. They will vote for 19,624 seats in 9,299 electoral districts and there are 72 political parties and 12 independent […]

Cabinet of Burkina Faso

Paul Kaba Thieba Prime Minister Simon Compaoré Minister of State, Minister of Territorial Administration and Homeland Security Alpha Barry Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Exterior Bessolé René Bagoro Minister […]

President Kaboré announces novice Cabinet

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has announced his new Cabinet of 30 ministers, 25 of whom did not serve in the former administration of Blaise Compaoré. There are seven women […]

Paul Kaba Thieba named Prime Minister

The new President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, has appointed Paul Kaba Thieba as his Prime Minister. Thieba, an economist, has little political experience in a country that […]

No majority for President-elect’s party in Burkina Faso

The party of President-elect Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won the most seats in last Sunday’s general election but does not have an overall majority. Results announced by the electoral […]

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré elected President

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of the People’s Movement for Progress (MPP) has won the presidential election in Burkina Faso with 53.49% of the vote. Second place went to Zéphirin Diabré […]

Burkina Faso votes in free elections today

Burkina Faso is going to the polls today just over a year since President Blaise Compaoré was ousted from office. Since then a transitional administration has been running the country […]

Presidential 2015

An election took place on 29 November 2015. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (People’s Movement for Progress) 53.49% Zéphirin Diabré (Union for Progress and Reform) 29.65% Tahirou Barry (National Rebirth Party) 3.09% […]

Parliamentary 2015

An election to the National Assembly took place on 29 November 2015. People’s Movement for Progress (Mouvement du peuple pour le progrès, MPP) 55 Union for Progress and Reform (Union pour le Progrès […]

New election date set for 29th November

On behalf of the government of Burkina Faso, Youssef Ouattara, the Minister of Territorial Administration has announced the revised date of the presidential and general election. The new date for […]

Election delayed indefinitely

There was to be a presidential and general election in Burkina Faso today. In the failed coup of 17th September interim President Michel Kafando were captured and held by members […]

President back in charge after coup attempt

Burkina Faso’s interim President Michel Kafando was back in charge yesterday after an attempted coup d’etat took place last week. Local newspapers seem to be pointing to two factors which […]

Burkina Faso gets new junta after coup

Interim President Michel Kafando and interim Prime Minister Isaac Zida have been released from the custody under which they were being held by members of the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP). […]

RSP seize President and Prime Minister

Members of the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) stormed into the Cabinet office in Burkina Faso yesterday and seized interim President Michel Kafando and interim Prime Minister Isaac Zida along with […]

PM reported to have resigned

Prime Minister Yacouba Izaac Zida is reported to have resigned his portfolio yesterday following a spat with the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP). Zida came in as the new Prime Minister […]

Culture Minister resigns as crowds take to the streets

Adama Sagnon, the newly appointed Minister of Culture and Tourism has resigned following several days of street protests. The minister was appointed at the weekend as part of the transitional […]

Interim President names Transitional Government

Interim President, Michel Kafando, has named his transitional government. The President has taken on the role of Foreign Minister and his Prime Minister looks after defence. There are six members […]

Lt Col Isaac Zida named as new PM

The man who led the military takeover after President Blaise Compaoré fled the country in late October, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Yakoub Zida, has been named as Prime Minister in the […]

Michel Kafando to be Transitional President

Following moves this weekend by the military to reinstate the constitution and return control of the country to civilian rule, former Foreign Minister Michel Kafando has been chosen to head […]

Parties agree plan for transitional government

Political parties from the opposition along with civic society leaders have produced a plan for a transitional government which was agreed upon yesterday. The meeting was not attended by the […]

AU issues ultimatum to military

The African Union (AU) has given the military authorities of Burkina Faso two weeks to return power to the civilian authorities or face sanctions. The move comes after the military […]

President resigns and is replaced by Army Chief

Following violent protests over the past three or four days President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso has resigned. The President took over control of the country in 1987 after a […]

State of Emergency declared as parliament is dissolved

Following three days of unprecedented protests across Burkina Faso, but especially in the capital Ouagadougou, President Blaise Compaoré has backed down on his plans to change the constitution to allow […]