Burkinabé President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré sacked the ministers of defense, Chériff Sy, and security, Ousséni Compaoré, on Wednesday June 30, after deadly jihadist attacks that led to demonstrations. The decree, read on national television by the Secretary General of the Government, Stéphane Sanou, mentions the replacement of the Minister of Security by Maxime Koné. “The President of Faso assumes the functions of Minister of National Defense and Veterans”, specifies a second decree.
“A new government is in place. The cabinet reshuffle that took place on June 30, 2021 is in line with my desire to breathe new life into our commitment to the major challenges facing our nation ”, Kaboré said on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. “The accompaniment and support of all the sons and daughters of Burkina Faso will be the seeds of this new executive, in the construction of a secure nation, of peace and prosperity”, he continued.
President Kaboré had already kept this portfolio during his first government in 2015, before discharging it a few months later. At his side, Colonel-Major Aimé Barthélemy Simporé was appointed Minister Delegate in charge of national defense. A council of ministers is to be held this Thursday at the presidential palace.
The Citizen’s Broom files a complaint
In mid-June, the opposition called for the resignation of Prime Minister Christophe Dabiré and the Minister of Defense in the face of rising deadly jihadist violence.
On the night of June 4 to 5, armed men – including “Young people aged 12 to 14”, according to the authorities – attacked the village of Solhan (northeast), killing at least 132 people according to the government, 160 according to local sources. This massacre, which caused great emotion, constitutes the deadliest attack in Burkina Faso since the start of jihadist violence six years ago. On Tuesday, the Citizen Broom, a civil society movement, lodged a complaint against the government for “failing to assist people in danger” during the Solhan attack.
Demonstrations of anger by thousands of Burkinabés against this violence have already taken place across the country and more are planned for next weekend at the call of the opposition and civil society. Since 2015, these attacks have killed around 1,500 people in Burkina Faso and forced nearly 1.5 million people to flee their homes.