List of heads of state of Burkina Faso

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President of Burkina Faso
Président du Burkina Faso
Presidential Standard of Burkina Faso.svg
Presidential Standard
Ibrahim Traoré (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Ibrahim Traoré
Interim

since 30 September 2022
ResidenceKosyam Palace
Term length5 years,
renewable once
Inaugural holderMaurice Yaméogo
Formation5 August 1960
SuccessionPresident of the National Assembly[1]
Salary858,399 FCFA annually including allowances[2]

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 Ibrahim Traore since 2022.

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

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political party Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
Republic of Upper Volta
1 Maurice Yaméogo, 1960.jpg Maurice Yaméogo
(1921–1993)
1959
1965
5 August 1960 3 January 1966
(deposed)
5 years, 151 days UDV–RDA Position not established
2 No image.png Sangoulé Lamizana
(1916–2005)
1978 3 January 1966 25 November 1980
(deposed)
14 years, 327 days Military /
Independent
Ouédraogo
Himself
Conombo
3 No image.png Saye Zerbo
(1932–2013)
25 November 1980 7 November 1982
(deposed)
1 year, 347 days Military Himself
4 Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo at book signing.jpg Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo
(born 1942)
9 November 1982 4 August 1983
(deposed)
268 days Military Sankara
5 Thomas Sankara Portrait (cropped).jpg Thomas Sankara
(1949–1987)
4 August 1983 4 August 1984 1 year Military Position abolished
Burkina Faso
(5) Thomas Sankara Portrait (cropped).jpg Thomas Sankara
(1949–1987)
4 August 1984 15 October 1987
(assassinated)
3 years, 72 days Military Position abolished
6 Blaise Compaoré 2014 White House (cropped).png Blaise Compaoré
(born 1951)
1991
1998
2005
2010
15 October 1987 31 October 2014
(resigned)
27 years, 16 days Military / FP
ODP–MT / CDP
Y. Ouédraogo
Kaboré
K. D. Ouédraogo
Yonli
Zongo
Tiao
General Honore Traore (Burkina Faso).jpg Honoré Traoré
(born 1957)
claimant
31 October 2014 1 November 2014 1 day Military Position vacant
Yacouba Isaac Zida 2015.jpg Yacouba Isaac Zida
(born 1965)
1 November 2014 18 November 2014 17 days Military
(RSP)
Position vacant
Michel Kafando 2015.jpg Michel Kafando
(born 1942)
18 November 2014 17 September 2015
(deposed)
303 days Independent Zida
Gilbert Diendéré 2010-05-01.jpg Gilbert Diendéré
(born c. 1960)
17 September 2015 23 September 2015
(junta dissolved)
6 days Military
(RSP)
Position vacant
Chérif Sy 2019.jpg Chérif Sy
(born 1960)
17 September 2015 23 September 2015 6 days Independent Position vacant
Michel Kafando 2015.jpg Michel Kafando
(born 1942)
23 September 2015
(restored)
29 December 2015 97 days Independent Zida
7 Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (04-06-2018).jpg Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
(born 1957)
2015
2020
29 December 2015 24 January 2022
(deposed)
6 years, 26 days MPP Thieba
Dabiré
L. Zerbo
Le lieutenant-colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, Ouagadougou le 27 janvier 2022 (cropped).jpg Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba
(born 1981)
24 January 2022 30 September 2022
(deposed)
249 days Military Ouédraogo
Ibrahim Traoré.jpg Ibrahim Traoré
(born 1988)
30 September 2022 Incumbent 121 days Military Tambèla

References[change | change source]

  1. "L'Assemblée nationale : Création et statut".
  2. "Salaire des agents de l'Etat : Ce que gagnent les hautes personnalités - leFaso.net, l'actualité au Burkina Faso". lefaso.net. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 30 October 2019.

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