Blaise Compaoré

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Blaise Compaoré
President of Burkina Faso
In office
15 October 1987 – 31 October 2014
Prime MinisterYoussouf Ouédraogo
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo
Tertius Zongo
Preceded byThomas Sankara
Succeeded byHonoré Traoré (acting)
Personal details
Born (1951-02-03) 3 February 1951 (age 73)
Ouagadougou, Upper Volta
Political partyCDP
Spouse(s)Chantal Compaoré

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.

In August 2021, the prosecutor of the High Court of Justice announced that the trial of members of the government suspected of having played a role in the suppression of the insurgency of 2014 will begin. Blaise Compaoré could again be summoned to answer the judges' questions.

References[change | change source]

  1. Profiles of People in Power: The World's Government Leaders (2003), page 76–77.
  2. "Biographie du président" Archived 2010-01-01 at the Wayback Machine, website of the Presidency (in French).