Kaboré, Roch Marc Christian

Kaboré, Roch Marc Christian, 1957–, Burkinabé political leader, b. Ouagadougou, grad. Univ. of Dijon (B.A. 1979, M.A. 1980). Following a career in banking, he joined Blaise Compaoré 's government, serving as minister of transport and communications (1989–90) and finance (1992–93) before becoming prime minister (1994–96); he later was president of the national assembly (2002–12). He was a member of Compaoré's Congress for Democracy and Progress until he broke with the president (2014) and formed the People's Movement for Progress. In 2015, after a series of protests led to Compaoré's resignation (2014), Kaboré was elected president of Burkina Faso. His election marked the first time since independence (1960) that power in the country changed hands without a coup.

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