List of heads of state of Burkina Faso

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President of the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration of Burkina Faso
Président du Burkina Faso
Presidential Standard of Burkina Faso.svg
Presidential Standard
Incumbent
Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba

since 24 January 2022
ResidenceKossyam Palace
Term length5 years
Inaugural holderMaurice Yaméogo
Formation5 August 1960

This is a list of heads of state of Burkina Faso since the Republic of Upper Volta gained independence from France in 1960 to the present day.

A total of eight people have served as head of state of Upper Volta/Burkina Faso (not counting three Transitional Heads of State/Presidents and one Acting President in rebellion).

The current head of state of Burkina Faso is the President of the Republic Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba since 2022.

List of heads of state of Burkina Faso[change | change source]

No Name

(Birth–Death)

Portrait Took office Left office Elected Political affiliation Prime Minister
Republic of Upper Volta
1 Daniel Ouezzin Coulibaly
(1909–1958)
5 August 1956 3 September 1957
(deposed.)
UDV–RDA Position not established
2 Maurice Yaméogo
(1921–1993)
Maurice Yaméogo, 1960.jpg 3 September 1957 5 August 1960
1957
1959
UDV–RDA Position not established
Republic of Upper Volta
2 Maurice Yaméogo
(1921–1993)
Maurice Yaméogo, 1960.jpg 5 August 1960 3 January 1966
(deposed.)
1959
1965
UDV–RDA Position not established
3 Sangoulé Lamizana
(1916–2005)
No image.png 3 January 1966 25 November 1980
(deposed.)
1978 Military /

Independent

Ouédraogo
Himself
Conombo
4 Saye Zerbo
(1932–2013)
No image.png 25 November 1980 7 November 1982
(deposed.)
Military Himself
5 Henri Zongo (1916–2005) 7 November 1982 7 November 1982. (deposed.) Military /

Independent

Himself
6 Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo
(1941–)
No image.png 9 November 1982 4 August 1983
(deposed.)
Military Sankara
7 Thomas Sankara
(1949–1987)
Thomas Sankara Portrait (cropped).jpg 4 August 1983 4 August 1984 Military Position abolished
Burkina Faso
7 Thomas Sankara
(1949–1987)
Thomas Sankara Portrait (cropped).jpg 4 August 1984 15 October 1987
(assassinated.)
Military Position abolished
8 Blaise Compaoré
(1951–)
Blaise Compaoré 2014 White House.png 15 October 1987 31 October 2014
(resigned.)
1991
1998
2005
2010
Military / FP
ODP–MT / CDP
Y. Ouédraogo
Kaboré
K. D. Ouedraogo
Yonli
Zongo
Tiao
9 Honoré Traoré

(1957–)
No image.png 31 October 2014 1 November 2014 Military Position vacant
10 Yacouba Isaac Zida
(1964–)
1 November 2014 18 November 2014 Military
(RSP)
Position vacant
11 Michel Kafando
(1942–)
18 November 2014 17 September 2015
(deposed.)
Independent Zida
12 Gilbert Diendéré
(c. 1960–)
Gilbert Diendéré 2010-05-01.jpg 17 September 2015 23 September 2015
(stepped down.)
Military
(RSP)
Position vacant
13 Chérif Sy
(1960–)
No image.png 23 September 2015 23 September 2015 Independent Position vacant
14 Michel Kafando
(1942–)
23 September 2015
(restored.)
29 December 2015 Independent Zida
15 Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
(1957–)
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré MSC 2018 (cropped).jpg 29 December 2015 24 January 2022
(deposed.)
2015
2020
MPP Thieba
Dabiré
Zerbo
16 Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba
(1981–)
24 January 2022 Incumbent Independent Position vacant

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