Henri Zongo was a military officer in the army of Burkina Faso and a key figure in the country's history after decolonisation. He was responsible on 15 October 1987 for the overthrow of Thomas Sankara, along with Jean-Baptiste Boukary Lingani and Blaise Compaoré.
After this overthrow, Compaoré took power at the head of a triumvirate. However, in 1989 Zongo was executed after being accused of plotting to overthrow the government of Compaoré. The two had disagreed with economic reform issues.
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