The president of Burkina Faso on Monday appointed a new prime minister following the resignation of the former prime minister. Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba and the government resigned Friday. Thieba did not give an explanation but a rising wave of terrorist attacks is thought to be behind the move. In a statement on Twitter, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said that he appointed Christophe Dabire to drive the government, wishing him success. Dabire, who is not a member of the ruling party, is a former Commissioner for the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). He also served as Health Minister, Secondary Education Minister and President of the National Assembly’s finance and budget committee.The Cabinet changes are believed to be related to the security crises Burkina Faso has been struggling with in recent months.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said all the gunmen behind Nairobi hotel complex attack have been killed and the 19-hour hostage crisis is over. In a national television address, Kenyatta said on Wednesday 14 civilians died in the attack claimed by the al-Shabab armed group. The president said more than 700 civilians were evacuated from the complex, but according to the Kenya Red Cross, fifty people are still unaccountaed for following the attack by members of al-Shabab. The attack was claimed by the al-Qaeda-linked armed group al-Shabab, which has repeatedly targeted Kenya since it sent its army into Somalia in October 2011 to fight the group.
Soldiers in Gabon have attempted a coup, announcing the establishment of a “restoration council” after taking over the national radio station. But the communications minister later on Monday announced most of the renegade military officers had been arrested and the situation was under control. There were still reports of shots being fired in the capital, Libreville. Reading out a statement, the officers condemned President Ali Bongo who addressed his compatriots last week from Morocco for the first time since reportedly suffering a stroke in October.Bongo took over the presidency in October 2009 after the death of his father, Omar Bongo, and was re-elected in 2016.