President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has received Prime Minister Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire’s resignation following sustained terror attacks last month which spurred demonstrations calling for a government reshuffle.
Dabire resigned on Wednesday amid a security crisis. President Kabore has been under fire since al-Qaeda-backed insurgents killed at least 49 military officers and at least 4 civilians in November.
The onslaught was one of the worst on the military in recent times and it was greeted by protests calling for a new prime minister.
The president has already reconstituted the leadership of the armed forces. The government’s secretary general read out a decree on public television that officially terminated the prime minister’s term.
According to Burkina Faso law, the resignation of a prime minister also requires the resignation of the entire government.
But the outgoing government will remain in a caretaker capacity until a new one is formed, according to the government’s secretary general Stephane Wenceslas Sanou.
President Kabore first appointed Dabire in early 2019, and again in 2021, after the president was re-elected for the second and last term.
Attacks in Burkina Faso has claimed thousands of lives and forced more than a million people to flee their homes.