Burkina Faso Prime Minister and Entire Cabinet Resign
– Joseph Edun, ABH PRESS
The Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Paul Kaba Thieba and all the ministers in his cabinet resigned on Friday according to a statement released by the country’s president.
No reason was given for the resignations.
Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba submitted this afternoon his resignation as well as that of his government,” the statement said.The president of Faso accepted the resignation” and expressed “all his gratitude to Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba and all its ministers for their commitment to the service of the nation,” the statement added.
The landlocked west African country has been battling a rising wave of militant attacks and hostage-taking.
Canadian Edith Blais, 34, and her Italian partner Luca Tacchetto, 30, have been missing since mid-December, and late Wednesday a Canadian geologist kidnapped by suspected militants was found dead at a remote gold mine in the northeast.”
tMr Thieba, an experienced economist was nominated by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore in January 2016 to become the prime minister. There nhave been calls for month by several political opponents for his resignation and that of ministers in charge of security and defence due to the increase in hostage taking of foreign nationals and the militant activities.
The pair were last seen on December 15 traveling by car in Burkina Faso between the town of Bobo-Dioulasso and the capital Ouagadougou, for a four- or five-day stay.
Ms Blais and Mr Tacchetto who were last seen on December 15 travelling were working on a reforestation project with aid group Zion’Gaia. Investigators have been on ground trying to find the two Canadian nationals however, there have been no clues of them yet.