Luc-Adolphe Tiao

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Luc-Adolphe Tiao
Prime Minister of Burkina Faso
In office
18 April 2011 – 30 October 2014
PresidentBlaise Compaoré
Preceded byTertius Zongo
Succeeded byYacouba Isaac Zida
Personal details
Born (1954-06-04) 4 June 1954 (age 65)
Tenkodogo, Upper Volta
(now Burkina Faso)
Political partyCongress for Democracy and Progress
Alma materUniversity of Dakar
University of Ouagadougou

Luc-Adolphe Tiao (born 4 June 1954) is a former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso. He served as Prime Minister from 2011 to 2014. His predecessor was Tertius Zongo. Before he was prime minister, Tiao studied to be a priest.[1] Tiao resigned in December 27, 2012, but then-President of Burkina Faso Blaise Compaoré reappointed him as Prime Minister three days later.

On 30 October 2014, it was reported that President Blaise Compaoré decided to dissolve the government and declare a state of emergency. On 31 October 2014, Compaoré resigned.

Biography[change | change source]

Luc-Adolphe Tiao studied journalism at the University of Dakar, graduating in 1980.

In 1988, he participated in the founding of the Journalists Association of Burkina Faso, which he chaired until 1990. In 1992, Tiao was appointed press officer of the Burkina Faso embassy in France. From 1997, he was in charge of communication with the Prime Minister, before being president of the High Council of Communication from 2001 to 2008, when he returned to Paris, this time as ambassador. He remains in office until his appointment as Prime Minister in April 2011.

On October 30, 2014, following a popular uprising in Ouagadougou, the government is dissolved.

In 2015, he supported a doctoral thesis in "Communication, Arts and Entertainment" at the University Bordeaux-Montaigne.

On September 16, 2016, after returning from Ivory Coast where he had been in exile for two years, Tiao is charged with "murder".

References[change | change source]

  1. Malika Groga-Bada, "Burkina Faso : Luc Adolphe Tiao, le joker de Blaise Compaoré", Jeune Afrique, 10 May 2011 (French).