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Sankara Names New Cabinet

August 30, 1986

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) _ Burkina Faso leader Capt. Thomas Sankara has appointed a new Cabinet to replace the one he dissolved two weeks ago.

Sankara, president of the National Council of the Revolution, announced the 23-member Cabinet on Friday night, including five women and five military officers.

It is Sankara’s fourth Cabinet since he took power in an Aug. 4, 1983, coup in this West African nation formerly called Upper Volta.

Three important posts remained unchanged: Capt. Blaise Compaore stayed on as minister of state for justice, Maj. Jean-Baptiste Lingani as minister for popular defense, and Nongma Ernest Ouedraogo as minister for territorial administration.

Among the new members was Leandre Bassole, a career diplomat who was named minister for external relations and cooperation. He replaced Basile Laetare Guissou, who became minister of information.

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