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Burkina Faso reshuffles government

By on July 20, 2015

Burkina Faso interim President Michel Kafando has stripped the prime minister of the defence ministry as part of a reshuffle aimed at ensuring stability three months ahead of elections.

The reshuffle, announced late on Sunday, follows talks with political, religious and civil society leaders intended to resolve growing tensions between Prime Minister Isaac Zida and top military brass.

Colonel Auguste Denise Barry was dismissed as minister of territorial administration, decentralisation and security.
He was replaced by Youssouf Ouattara. Kafando also gave up his title of foreign affairs minister to Moussa Nebie.

“These changes should allow us to resolve the dysfunctional problems and frustration within the army,” Kafando said on Saturday.

Isaac Zida was briefly head of state in the immediate aftermath of long-ruling leader Blaise Compaore’s departure from power in October as tens of thousands of people marched to protest a bid to extend his mandate.

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