Burkina Faso PM, cabinet resign

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Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore is seen during the opening of the 54th ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government Ordinary Session in Abuja, Nigeria December 22, 2018. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

The cabinet of Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Kabore has made a surprise resignation with no clear explanation for the move.

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore is seen during the opening of the 54th ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government Ordinary Session in Abuja, Nigeria December 22, 2018. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

This has also Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba step down from his post.

No reason was given for the move, which was announced in a televised statement by the country’s president.

Thieba, an economist, had held the position since January 2016 when he was nominated by President Kabore.

His government has faced growing pressure over a rise in the number of kidnappings and jihadist attacks.

Recent high-profile disappearances of foreign nationals have led to direct calls for Thieba’s resignation, as well as that of his defence and security ministers.

In his statement, President Kabore expressed his gratitude for their service.

The president said he hoped to form a new government soon.