Burkina Faso president names economist as new prime minister

by Reuters
Thursday, 7 January 2016 07:49 GMT

OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's president named economist Paul Kaba Thieba as prime minister on Thursday, a week after being sworn in as the country's first new leader in almost three decades following his election in November.

Thieba, who has little political experience, is charged with forming President Marc Roch Kabore's government as the country continues with a democratic transition after 27 years under leader Blaise Compaore, who was overthrown in October 2014. (Reporting by Matheiu Bonkoungou; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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