Thomas Sanon

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Thomas Sanon (born 8 September 1947) is a Burkinabé politician and former diplomat who has been President of the Economic and Social Council of Burkina Faso since 2003. Under President Blaise Compaoré, Sanon previously held various positions in the government and was an ambassador. [1]

Burkina Faso Country in Africa

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. It covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) and is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. The July 2018 population estimate by the United Nations was 19,751,651. Burkina Faso is a francophone country, with French as the official language of government and business. Roughly 40% of the population speaks the Mossi language. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta (1958–1984), the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara. Its citizens are known as Burkinabé. Its capital is Ouagadougou.

Blaise Compaoré Burkinabé politician, President of Burkina Faso from 1987 to 2014

Blaise Compaoré is a Burkinabé politician who was president of Burkina Faso from 1987 to 2014. He was a top associate of President Thomas Sankara during the 1980s, and in October 1987, he led a coup d'état during which Sankara was killed. Subsequently, he introduced a policy of "rectification", overturning the leftist and Third Worldist policies pursued by Sankara. He won elections in 1991, 1998, 2005, and 2010 in what were considered unfair circumstances. His attempt to amend the constitution to extend his 27-year term caused the 2014 Burkinabé uprising. On 31 October 2014, Compaoré resigned, whereupon he fled to the Ivory Coast.

Life and career

Sanon was born in Kokorooué. After completing his education, he worked at the French Company of Textile Fiber Development from 1970 to 1984. He was then Director-General of the National Social Security Fund from 1988 to 1989, and on 24 April 1989 he was appointed to the government as Minister of Transport and Communication. On 22 September 1989, he was moved to the post of Minister of Economic Promotion, and on 16 June 1991 he was appointed as Minister of Industry, Trade and Mines. Following the 1992 parliamentary election, in which he was elected to the National Assembly, Sanon was appointed as Minister of Foreign Relations on 20 June 1992; he held that post until 22 March 1994, when he was instead appointed as Minister for Relations with Parliament. [1]

National Assembly of Burkina Faso parliament of Burkina Faso

The Unicameral National Assembly is Burkina Faso's legislative body. In 1995, it became the lower house of a bicameral Parliament, but the upper house was abolished in 2002. The upper house was to have been restored under the name "Senate" in the June 2012 constitutional amendments. This revision was never executed due to an extended and unresolved political confrontation over the Senate's establishment, which left the country effectively with a unicameral legislature as of the October 2014 constitutional crisis.

A foreign minister or minister of foreign affairs is generally a cabinet minister in charge of a state's foreign policy and relations.

In the 1997 parliamentary election, Sanon was again elected to the National Assembly. Also in 1997, he was appointed as Burkina Faso's Ambassador to Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia; he was additionally appointed as Permanent Representative to international organizations based in Vienna. He was again elected to the National Assembly in the 2002 parliamentary election, and later he was appointed as President of the Economic and Social Council on 10 November 2003. [1]

Austria Federal republic in Central Europe

Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a country in Central Europe comprising nine federated states. Its capital, largest city and one of nine states is Vienna. Austria has an area of 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi), a population of nearly nine million people and a nominal GDP of $477 billion. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The terrain is landlocked and highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 m (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 m (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other regional languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.

Hungary Country in Central Europe

Hungary is a country in Central Europe. Spanning 93,030 square kilometres (35,920 sq mi) in the Carpathian Basin, it borders Slovakia to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, Austria to the northwest, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, and Slovenia to the west. With about 10 million inhabitants, Hungary is a medium-sized member state of the European Union. The official language is Hungarian, which is the most widely spoken Uralic language in the world, and among the few non-Indo-European languages to be widely spoken in Europe. Hungary's capital and largest city is Budapest; other major urban areas include Debrecen, Szeged, Miskolc, Pécs and Győr.

Czech Republic Country in Central Europe

The Czech Republic, also known by its short-form name, Czechia, is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic has a landlocked and hilly landscape that covers an area of 78,866 square kilometers (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants. Its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents; other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pilsen.

In the May 2007 parliamentary election, Sanon was again elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) in Houet Province, [2] but he remained President of the Economic and Social Council after the election. [3]

Congress for Democracy and Progress political party in Burkina Faso

The Congress for Democracy and Progress was the ruling political party in Burkina Faso until the overthrow of Blaise Compaoré in the year 2014.

Houet Province Province in Hauts-Bassins, Burkina Faso

Houet is one of the 45 provinces of Burkina Faso, located in its Hauts-Bassins Region. The capital of Houet is Bobo-Dioulasso. In 2006 the province had a population of 902,662.

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
New title
Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Austria
1998-2002 [4]
Succeeded by
Noellie Marie Béatri Damiba

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