Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo

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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. Since 2012, he has been President of the Economic Community of West African States Commission.[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] Following the May 1997 parliamentary election, Compaoré reappointed Ouedraogo as Prime Minister on 7 June 1997, with a new government appointed on 10 June.[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).[4]

Later, after Ouedraogo and his government resigned, he was replaced by Paramanga Ernest Yonli on 7 November 2000.[5] In 2001, Ouedraogo became Burkina Faso's Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

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".[6]


  1. ^ A political chronology of Africa - Page 48 David Lea, Annamarie Rowe - 2001 "6 February 1996: Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo was appointed Prime Minister, in succession to Kaboré, who became an adviser to the presidency and a Vice- President of a new party, the Congrès pour la Démocratie et le Progrès (CDP) "
  2. ^ "Feb 1996 - New government - Transformation of ruling party", Keesing's Record of World Events, volume 42, February 1996, Burkina, page 40,937.
  3. ^ "Gouvernement de 1997", petiteacademie.gov.bf (French).
  4. ^ "Jan 1999 - Burkina Faso", Keesing's Record of World Events, volume 45, January 1999, Burkina Faso, page 42,709.
  5. ^ "Nouveau Premier ministre, Nouveau gouvernement avec une participation accrue de l'opposition", Afrique Express, number 217, November 15, 2000 (French).
  6. ^ Associated Press (27 March 2012). "West African leaders say they will send ‘strong signal’ to Mali coup group". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Victor Gbeho
President of the ECOWAS Commission