Burkina Faso

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 transitional government.

“We will work with all humility and in a priestly and patriotic commitment to restore the confidence of our people through our hard work, self-sacrifice without selfish calculation to strengthen social peace, national security and cohesion between generations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Zida after his appointment.

The new Prime Minister also announced that his new government would be announced within 72 hours. In accordance with the charter agreed last weekend there will be 25 ministers in the new government, none of whom will be allowed to stand for office in the general election planned for later next year.

Interim President, Michel Kafando, who was sworn in on Monday was the military’s candidate for the post suggesting that the armed forces intend to maintain control of the process during the transitional period to elections next year.

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