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
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.jpg
Incumbent
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

since 29 December 2015
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 Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, since 29 December 2015.

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No. Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Political affiliation Prime Minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
Republic of Upper Volta
1 Maurice Yaméogo
(1921–1993)
Maurice Yaméogo, 1960.jpg 5 August 1960 3 January 1966
(deposed.)
5 years, 151 days 1959
1965
UDV–RDA Position not established
2 Sangoulé Lamizana
(1916–2005)
No image.png 3 January 1966 25 November 1980
(deposed.)
14 years, 327 days 1978 Military /
Independent
Ouédraogo
Himself
Conombo
3 Saye Zerbo
(1932–2013)
No image.png 25 November 1980 7 November 1982
(deposed.)
1 year, 347 days Military Himself
4 Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo
(1941–)
No image.png 9 November 1982 4 August 1983
(deposed.)
268 days Military Sankara
5 Thomas Sankara
(1949–1987)
Thomas Sankara Portrait (cropped).jpg 4 August 1983 4 August 1984 1 year, 0 days Military Position abolished
Burkina Faso
(5) Thomas Sankara
(1949–1987)
Thomas Sankara Portrait (cropped).jpg 4 August 1984 15 October 1987
(assassinated.)
3 years, 72 days Military Position abolished
6 Blaise Compaoré
(1951–)
Blaise Compaoré 2014 White House.png 15 October 1987 31 October 2014
(resigned.)
27 years, 16 days 1991
1998
2005
2010
Military / FP
ODP–MT / CDP
Y. Ouédraogo
Kaboré
K. D. Ouedraogo
Yonli
Zongo
Tiao
Honoré Traoré
(1957–)
(claimant.)
General Honore Traore (Burkina Faso).jpg 31 October 2014 1 November 2014 1 day Military Position vacant
Yacouba Isaac Zida
(1964–)
Photo de SEM Yacouba Isaac Zida.jpg 1 November 2014 18 November 2014 17 days Military
(RSP)
Position vacant
Michel Kafando
(1942–)
Michel Kafando 2015-09-26.jpg 18 November 2014 17 September 2015
(deposed.)
303 days Independent Zida
7 Gilbert Diendéré
(c. 1960–)
Gilbert Diendéré 2010-05-01.jpg 17 September 2015 23 September 2015
(stepped down.)
6 days Military
(RSP)
Position vacant
Chérif Sy
(1960–)
(in opposition to Diendéré.)
No image.png 17 September 2015 23 September 2015 6 days Independent Position vacant
Michel Kafando
(1942–)
Michel Kafando 2015-09-26.jpg 23 September 2015
(restored.)
29 December 2015 97 days Independent Zida
8 Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
(1957–)
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.jpg 29 December 2015 Incumbent 3 years, 220 days 2015 MPP Thieba
Dabiré

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