Luc-Adolphe Tiao

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Luc-Adolphe Tiao
Prime Minister of Burkina Faso
In office
18 April 2011 – 30 October 2014
President Blaise Compaoré
Preceded by Tertius Zongo
Succeeded by Yacouba Isaac Zida
Personal details
Born (1954-06-04) 4 June 1954 (age 62)
Tenkodogo, Upper Volta
(now Burkina Faso)
Political party Congress for Democracy and Progress
Alma mater University of Dakar
University of Ouagadougou

Luc-Adolphe Tiao (born 4 June 1954) is a Burkinabé politician and journalist who was Prime Minister of Burkina Faso from 2011 to 2014.

Early life and career in journalism[edit]

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[edit]

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 Compaoré 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]

Following the December 2012 parliamentary election, Tiao submitted his resignation on 27 December 2012, and Compaoré reappointed him as Prime Minister on 31 December.[8] The composition of Tiao's new government was announced on 2 January 2013.[9][10]

Amidst violent protests, President Blaise Compaoré dissolved the government on 30 October 2014; Compaoré was forced to resign the next day, and the military took power. Subsequently, Tiao went into exile in Ivory Coast. He came back to Burkina Faso in September 2016 and was promptly arrested on 16 September on murder charges due to his alleged role in trying to suppress the protests.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d Malika Groga-Bada, "Burkina Faso : Luc Adolphe Tiao, le joker de Blaise Compaoré", Jeune Afrique, 10 May 2011 (French).
  2. ^ a b c d "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.
  8. ^ Élise Colette, "Burkina Faso : le Premier ministre Luc Adolphe Tiao reconduit à son poste", Jeune Afrique, 2 January 2013 (French).
  9. ^ Gabriel Sama, "Gouvernement Tiao III : Des recadrages pour être plus efficace", Sidwaya, 4 January 2013 (French).
  10. ^ "Nouveau gouvernement au Burkina Faso, le président Compaoré garde la Défense", Agence France-Presse, 3 January 2013 (French).
  11. ^ "Burkina Faso ex-PM detained on charges of killing protesters", Reuters, 17 September 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tertius Zongo
Prime Minister of Burkina Faso
Succeeded by
Yacouba Isaac Zida