TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT – Who would have bet on him? If he was popular for his regular appearances in the Burkinabè media, hardly anyone would have imagined Kyélem Apollinaire de Tambèla in such a political position. However, it is him that Ibrahim Traoré chose to lead the government of transition, twenty days after his putsch. A particularly perilous mission while Burkina Faso is going through a delicate period, between coups and jihadist violence.
Burkina Faso: Captain Traoré’s (almost) impossible mission
Described as intransigent, this Catholic lawyer inspired by the ideology of Thomas Sankara nevertheless accepted the challenge.
In 1971, Kyélem Apollinaire de Tambèla entered the minor seminary of Saint Augustin de Baskouré, a diocesan establishment of secondary education and priestly formation located in the center-east of Burkina Faso and known to be a bastion of Catholicism in the country, moreover mainly Muslim. He is the third former seminarian Prime Minister after Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo (1996-2000) and Luc Adolphe Tiao (2011-2014).
2. Improved name
The Prime Minister’s full name is Kyélem de Tambèla Apollinaire Joachimson. In homage to his father, who was a teacher and the secretary general of the local section of the Catholic Organization for Development and Solidarity (Ocades), he has indeed decided to attach the word “Joachimson” [fils de Joachim] in the name given to him at birth. He also added the name of his village, Tambèla, located at the exit of the city of Koupéla, as a sign of attachment to ses roots.