Burkina Faso’s president announced in a statement that the country's government and Prime Minister have resigned.

Iran Press/ Africa: The president of Burkina Faso accepted the resignation” and expressed “all his gratitude to Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba and all its ministers for their commitment to the service of the nation," Africa News reported.

According to the statement by Burkina Faso's president, Paul Kaba Thieba, the country's prime minister and his government resigned on Friday, but no explanation was given for the resignations.

Meanwhile, informed sources in Burkina Faso said that president Roch Marc Christian Kabore wants to breathe new life into the leadership of the landlocked west African country, which is battling a rising wave of jihadist attacks and hostage-taking.

Canadian Edith Blais, 34, and her Italian partner Luca Tacchetto, 30, have been missing since mid-December, and late Wednesday a Canadian geologist kidnapped by suspected jihadists was found dead at a remote gold mine in the northeast.

President Kabore chose experienced economist Thieba as prime minister in January 2016. However, in recent months several political opponents have been calling for his resignation and that of ministers in charge of security and defense.

Burkina Faso is struggling with a bloody insurgency.

The region turned into a hotbed of violent extremism and lawlessness after chaos engulfed Libya in 2011.

Jihadist raids began in northern Burkina Faso in 2015 before spreading to the east, near the border with Togo and Benin.


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