Blaise Compaoré

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Blaise Compaoré
President of Burkina Faso
In office
15 October 1987 – 31 October 2014
Prime Minister Youssouf Ouédraogo
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo
Tertius Zongo
Preceded by Thomas Sankara
Succeeded by Honoré Traoré (acting)
Personal details
Born 3 February 1951 (1951-02-03) (age 63)
Ouagadougou, Upper Volta
Nationality Burkinabé
Political party CDP
Spouse(s) Chantal Compaoré
Religion Roman Catholic

Blaise Compaoré (born February 3, 1951[1][2]) is a former President of Burkina Faso. He served from 1987 until his resignation in 2014. He started a political party called the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP). This is the ruling party of Burkina Faso. Compaoré became president in 1987 after a military coup and the assassination of Thomas Sankara, who was president then.

His attempt to change the constitution to extend his 27-year term caused the 2014 Burkinabé uprising. The uprising began due to attempts at changing the constitution to allow him to run again and extend his rule. He resigned on 31 October 2014 after ruling for 27 years.

References[change | change source]

  1. Profiles of People in Power: The World's Government Leaders (2003), page 76–77.
  2. "Biographie du président", website of the Presidency (French).