Burkina Faso

New prime minister amid riots


President Blaise Compaore has appointed a new prime minister, Luc-Adolphe Tiao, the Ambassador to France following the dismissal on Friday of Tertius Zongo.

The appointment comes as the country has descended into riots following unrest which started in February.  More recently ordinary soldiers have rioted demanding that they be paid and the Chiefs of Staff of the army, air force and police have been dismissed along with the government.  The army has now been paid.

President Compaore came to power in 1987 in a military coup and won a third term in office last November.  The constitution has been changed recently to limit presidential terms in office to two terms.

The country has a history of coups and the current unrest is potentially very dangerous in this cotton producing and gold mining West African state.

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