Burkina Faso: Opposition politician Zéphirin Diabré in new cabinet line-up

The new Burkinabe government has just been unveiled. A team of 25 ministers and 7 deputy ministers. Twelve departures and fourteen entries. Zéphirin Dabré’s Union for Progress and Change, until now the leader of the opposition, joins the new team as Minister of State to the President, in charge of Reconciliation and National Cohesion.

The entry of Zéphirin Diabré who was the leader of the opposition during the first term of President Roch Kaboré marks a major fact in the new cabinet.

Maitre Benewendé Stanislas Sankara, former vice-president of the National Assembly is the new Minister of Urban Planning and Housing.

Clément Sawadogo replaces Siméon Sawadogo at the Territorial Administration and Decentralization. A position he had held for a long time during the reign of Blaise Compaoré. Siméon Sawadogo is back in the Environment Department.

Professor Charlemagne Ouédraogo, until then President of the Burkina Medical Association, now has the heavy task of looking after the health of the population. Mrs Victoria Ouedraogo Kibora moves to the Ministry of Justice at a time when Burkinabese denounce the handling of certain cases. The new Minister of Communication is Ousseini Tamboura, who was one of the spokespersons of the ruling party.

Alpha Barry still holds the reins of diplomacy; Chérif Sy remains at the control of Defence; Seni Ouedraogo at the Civil Service, Lassané Kaboré at Economy and Finance and Harouna Kaboré at Commerce, keep their portfolios.

It is a government with several sensitivities, as President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré promised in his message of greetings a few days ago.


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