Paul Kaba Thieba named as Burkina Faso’s prime minister

President Roch Marc Kabore

Burkina Faso’s president named economist Paul Kaba Thieba as prime minister on Thursday, a week after being sworn in as the first new leader in almost three decades following his election in November.

Thieba is charged with forming President Roch Marc Kabore’s government as the country continues with a democratic transition after 27 years under leader Blaise Compaore, who was overthrown in October 2014.

Thieba, 56, worked for many years as an economist for the West African central bank, BCEAO, in Ivory Coast.

Kabore has said the government needs to improve access to water, healthcare and education.