Hama Arba Diallo

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Hama Arba Diallo (23 March 1939 – 30 September 2014) was a Burkinabé politician, diplomat and civil servant. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) from 1983 to 1984. Diallo, an opponent of President Blaise Compaoré, stood as a candidate in the 2010 presidential election.[1]

Career[edit]

Diallo began entered the United Nations as the Director of the United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office from 1979 to 1983. After leaving the U.N., Diallo was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Captain Thomas Sankara on 24 August 1983,[2] serving in that position until 1984. From 1988 to 1989, Diallo served as Ambassador to China, India and Japan. Thereafter, Diallo returned to the United Nations as the Special Representative of the Secretary General for the Conference on Environment and Development from 1990 to 1992 and as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification beginning in 1996.

Diallo was elected to the National Assembly in the May 2007 parliamentary election as a candidate of the Party for Democracy and Socialism (PDS) in Séno Province. He was one of only two PDS candidates to win a seat.[3] In the National Assembly, he sat as part of the Alternance-Démocratie-Justice Parliamentary Group and served as Fifth Vice-President of the National Assembly.[4]

He was re-elected to the National Assembly in 2012, and also served as Mayor of Dori. A member of the opposition to President Compaoré, Diallo remained active in opposition politics and continued working in his two elected posts as Deputy and Mayor until his death on the night of 30 September–1 October 2014. Diallo, who was 75 years old, reportedly died unexpectedly of heart failure.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Compaore to face six in Burkina Faso presidential election", AFP, 9 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Décret n°83/21/CNR/PRES du 24 août 1983 portant", petiteacademie.gov.bf (French).
  3. ^ List of candidates elected to the National Assembly in 2007 at the Wayback Machine (archived August 8, 2007), National Assembly website (French).
  4. ^ Members of the Bureau of the National Assembly (2008–2009), National Assembly website (French).
  5. ^ Rémi Carayol, "Hama Arba Diallo, figure de la gauche burkinabè, est décédé", Jeune Afrique, 1 October 2014 (French).
Preceded by
Michel Kafando
Foreign Minister of Upper Volta
1983-1984
Succeeded by
Basile Guissou