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Congress for Democracy and Progress
6 February 1996
Headquarters of the party in Ouagadougou
The Congress for Democracy and Progress (Congrès pour la Démocratie et le Progrès, CDP) was the ruling political party in Burkina Faso until the overthrow of Blaise Compaoré in 2014. Since 2012, its National Executive Secretary is Assimi Kouanda.
Since the reestablishment of the office of Prime Minister in 1992, all Prime Ministers of Burkina Faso have been members of this party, as have most other national officials, and the party has the most seats in Parliament.
In the parliamentary election held on 5 May 2002, the party won 49.5% of the popular vote and 57 out of 111 seats.
In the presidential election of 13 November 2005, CDP candidate Blaise Compaoré won 80.35% of the popular vote. He has been president of Burkina Faso since 1987 when he took power in a coup. At the May 2007 parliamentary election, the party expanded its majority, winning 73 seats. The party still has representation in parliament after the overthrow of president Blaise Compaoré. The next general elections are set for late 2015.