Luc-Adolphe Tiao

Luc-Adolphe Tiao is a Burkinabé politician and journalist who has been Prime Minister of Burkina Faso since 2011.

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Luc-Adolphe Tiao (born 4 June 1954) is a Burkinabé politician and journalist who has been Prime Minister of Burkina Faso since 2011.

Early life and career in journalism

Born at Tenkodogo, Tiao attended a seminary from 1969 to 1974 and studied to become a priest, but he abandoned that pursuit upon concluding that his left-wing views were incompatible with a career in the Church. He received degrees from the Center for Science and Information Technology Studies at the University of Dakar and the University of Ouagadougou. Working as a journalist, he earned a reputation for independence in his reporting. He edited Carrefour africain and was Director of Éditions Sidwaya from 1987 to 1990.[1]

Political career

Tiao was Secretary-General of the Ministry of Communication from August 1990 to August 1992[2][3] and press attaché at Burkina Faso's Embassy in France from November 1992 to August 1996. He was an adviser responsible for special duties at the Communication Department of the Prime Minister's Office from August 1996 to May 2001.[2] Subsequently he was President of the Higher Council for Information from May 2001 to May 2008.[1][2] He was appointed as Burkina Faso's Ambassador to France on 2 May 2008,[2][4] serving in that post until 2011.[1]

Tiao was appointed as Prime Minister by President Blaise Compaore on 18 April 2011,[1][5] following protests by students, military personnel and police.[6] In light of his background and lack of any experience as a government minister, his appointment was deemed surprising.[7]


  1. Malika Groga-Bada, "Burkina Faso : Luc Adolphe Tiao, le joker de Blaise Compaoré", Jeune Afrique, 10 May 2011 (French).
  2. "Son Excellence Monsieur Beyon Luc Adolphe Tiao, nommé Premier ministre", Burkinabé Embassy to France web site, 2011 (French).
  3. "Burkina Faso appoints new PM", Xinhua, 20 April 2011.
  4. "Confidences du week-end : Luc Adolphe Tiao à l’ambassade du Burkina en France", Le Pays, 5 May 2008 (French).
  5. "New prime minister named for Burkina Faso", Agence France-Presse, 19 April 2011.
  6. "Burkina Faso gets new prime minister" Al Jazeera, 18 April 2011.
  7. "Luc Adolphe Tiao, journalist made Burkina PM", The Punch, 23 April 2012.