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Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

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Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
Kaboré in 2018
3rd President of Burkina Faso
In office
29 December 2015 – 24 January 2022
Prime Minister
Preceded byMichel Kafando (Transitional)
Succeeded byPaul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba
2nd Prime Minister of Burkina Faso
In office
22 March 1994 – 6 February 1996
PresidentBlaise Compaoré
Preceded byYoussouf Ouédraogo
Succeeded byKadré Désiré Ouedraogo
Personal details
Born (1957-04-25) 25 April 1957 (age 67)
Ouagadougou, French Upper Volta (present-day Burkina Faso)
Political party
Sika Bella Kaboré [fr] (m. 1982)
Alma materUniversity of Burgundy
WebsiteOfficial website

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (born 25 April 1957) is a Burkinabé politician who was the 3rd President of Burkina Faso from 2015 until in 2022 where he was removed from power following the January 2022 Burkina Faso coup d'état. Previously, he served as the 2nd Prime Minister of Burkina Faso between 1994 and 1996 and President of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso from 2002 to 2012. He also served as President of the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP). In January 2014, he left the ruling CDP and founded a new opposition party, the People's Movement for Progress.

He was elected as President of Burkina Faso in the November 2015 general election, winning a majority in the first round of voting.

During most of his rule, Burkina Faso experienced peace and stability. The country was also one of the most stable in Africa as well.

On 23 January 2022, he was arrested by members of the Burkina Faso Armed Forces ​during a coup d'état.[1][2] The next day, he was removed from office and replaced by the coup's leader Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba who officially succeeded Kaboré as President one week later on 31 January 2022.[3]

The newely formed council, Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration, has released a hand-written resignation letter by Kaboré. The letter said ""In the interests of the nation, following events that took place since yesterday, I have decided to resign from my role as president of Burkina Faso."

Kaboré was under house arrest in his residence in Ouagadougou until in April 2022 where Kaboré meet President Damiba at the presidential palace and where Damiba approved Kaboré's pardon.

Biography[change | change source]

Early life[change | change source]

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré is the son of Charles Bila Kaboré and Antonine Kaboré who are both training teachers. They are Catholics from the Mossi ethnic group.

Charles Bila Kaboré was appointed technical advisor to the Minister of the Interior and Security in 1961, before becoming Treasurer General of Upper Volta and member of the Economic and Social Council. From October 1963 to December 1965, he held the post of Minister of Finance, before taking the Ministry of Public Health until the fall of the First Republic, in January 1966. Financial Advisor and Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic until 1975, Charles Bila Kaboré is appointed deputy governor of the BCEAO (Central Bank of West African States) until 1982. He is then technical adviser and secretary general of the Burkinabe presidency before taking his retirement in 1985.

Education[change | change source]

Kaboré studied at the Ouagadougou Center, a public primary school and Tougan until February 1968. He returned to Ouagadougou in CM2, at the public primary school, center B, where he obtained the certificate of studies. elementary primary. He graduated from Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-la-Salle College in Ouagadougou, where he obtained BEPC in 1972. He graduated in 1975.

He studied economics at the University of Dijon where, in 1979, he obtained a Master's degree in Economics and Management. In 1980, he finished a DESS in Management which gave him the Certificate of Qualification in Business Administration and Management.

From this period, he fought in the Federation of Black African Students in France (FEANF) which is very active at the time of independence and promotes the idea of ​​a unified Africa.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Burkina Faso President Kabore 'detained' by mutinous soldiers". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  2. "Burkina Faso President Kabore detained by soldiers". DW. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  3. "Fresh from promotion, Burkina Faso writer-colonel leads a coup". Reuters. 2022-01-24. Retrieved 2022-01-25.

Other websites[change | change source]

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