Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo

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Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo

Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo (born 1953) is a Burkinabé political figure who was Prime Minister of Burkina Faso from 6 February 1996 to 7 November 2000. He was President of the Economic Community of West African States Commission from 2012 to 2016.[1]


Ouedraogo was Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) until he was appointed as Prime Minister by President Blaise Compaoré on 6 February 1996; at the time of his appointment he had no political affiliation.[2] The same year, he was elected as the Minister of Finance and held the position until 1997.[3] Following the May 1997 parliamentary election, Compaoré reappointed Ouedraogo as Prime Minister on 7 June 1997, with a new government appointed on 10 June.[4] In 2001, Ouedraogo became Burkina Faso's Ambassador to Belgium and a European Union representative.[3]


After Compaoré was re-elected in the November 1998 presidential election, Ouedraogo and his government resigned on 8 January 1999. Compaoré again reappointed Ouedraogo as Prime Minister on 11 January with few changes in the composition of his government. By this time Ouedraogo was a member of the ruling party, the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP).[5] Later, after Ouedraogo and his government resigned, he was replaced by Paramanga Ernest Yonli on 7 November 2000.[6]

Work with ECOWAS[edit]

On 1 March 2012, Ouedraogo became the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission. In this role, he spoke out against the 2012 Malian coup d'état, calling it "a threat to the entire region".[7]


  1. ^ Lea, David; Rowe, Annamarie (2001). A Political Chronology of Africa (1st ed.). p. 48. ISBN 0203409957. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Feb 1996 - New government - Transformation of ruling party". Keesing's Record of World Events. 42: 40,937. February 1996. 
  3. ^ a b Rupley, Lawrence; Diamitani, Bangali; Bangali, Boureima (2013). Historical Dictionary of Burkina Faso (3rd ed.). p. 161. ISBN 9780810867703. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gouvernement de 1997". petiteacademie.gov.bf. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2016.  (French).
  5. ^ "Jan 1999 - Burkina Faso". Keesing's Record of World Events. 45: 42,709. January 1999. 
  6. ^ "Nouveau Premier ministre Nouveau gouvernement avec une participation accrue de l'opposition". Afrique Express. 217. 15 November 2000. Archived from the original on 28 March 2002. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "African leaders send 'strong signal' to Mali coup". newsday.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Victor Gbeho
President of the ECOWAS Commission
Succeeded by
Marcel Alain de Souza