Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Kabore marked the first hundred days as Head of State and held a press conference to address sensitive topics that have highlighted his term in office so far.
Among the topics he discussed included the canceled appointment of Isaac Zida, the former transitional Prime Minister, as ambassador to the United States, strained relations with Côte d’Ivoire, as well as the deployment of French security forces in Burkina Faso.
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We must stop this manipulation and it is up to the prerogatives of the Head of State.
Concerning the annulment of the appointment of Isaac Zida as ambassador to Washington, Kabore insisted “that at no time did the Cabinet appoint the Prime Minister as ambassador to the United States. (…) We must stop this manipulation and it is up to the prerogatives of the Head of State.”
On the issue of the relatively tense relations with Côte d’Ivoire, Kabore confirmed that the international arrest warrant against the President of the Ivorian National Assembly, Guillaume Soro, was still in force, although he defended the need for good relations with Yamoussoukro.
Regarding the announcement by France of the upcoming deployment of its security forces, he said he was surprised to learn the information from the radio and maintained it was not binding.
The direct and frank briefing which was held in Bobo Dioulasso, the second city of the country.