List of heads of state of Burkina Faso

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President of Burkina Faso
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Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.jpg
Incumbent
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

since 29 December 2015
Residence Kossyam Palace
Term length 5 years
Inaugural holder Maurice Yaméogo
Formation 5 August 1960
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The following is a list of heads of state of Burkina Faso, since the country gained independence from France in 1960 as the Republic of Upper Volta.

List of heads of state of Burkina Faso[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Affiliation Notes
Republic of Upper Volta Autonomous Republic
(République de Haute-Volta)
11 December 1959 to 5 August 1960 Yameogo stamp 1960.png Maurice Yaméogo, President MDV
Republic of Upper Volta Independence from France
(République de Haute-Volta)
5 August 1960 to 3 January 1966 Yameogo stamp 1960.png Maurice Yaméogo, President UDV Deposed in a coup d'état
3 January 1966 to 25 November 1980 Sangoulé Lamizana, President Mil/MNR Deposed in a coup d'état
25 November 1980 to 7 November 1982 Saye Zerbo, President of the Military Committee of Recovery for National Progress Mil Deposed in a coup d'état
8 November 1982 to 11 November 1982 Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo, Provisional Chairman of the Provisional Committee of Popular Salvation Mil
11 November 1982 to 26 November 1982 Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo, Chairman of the Provisional Committee of Popular Salvation
26 November 1982 to 4 August 1983 Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo, Head of State Mil Deposed in a coup d'état
4 August 1983 to 4 August 1984 Siege UNIR PS Ouaga (cropped).jpg Thomas Sankara, Chairman of the National Revolutionary Council and Head of State Mil
Burkina Faso
4 August 1984 to 15 October 1987 Siege UNIR PS Ouaga (cropped).jpg Thomas Sankara, Chairman of the National Revolutionary Council and President Mil Murdered in a coup d'état
15 October 1987 to 31 October 1987 Blaise Compaoré 2014 White House.png Blaise Compaoré, President of the Popular Front Mil/FP
31 October 1987 to December 1991 Blaise Compaoré, President of the Popular Front and Head of State
December 1991 to 24 December 1991 ODP-MT/CPD
24 December 1991 to 31 October 2014 Blaise Compaoré, President Resigned during the 2014 uprising
31 October 2014 to 1 November 2014 Honoré Traoré, Acting Head of State Mil Claimant
1 November 2014 to 18 November 2014 Yacouba Isaac Zida, Acting Head of State Mil
18 November 2014 to 17 September 2015 Michel Kafando 2015-09-26.jpg Michel Kafando, Interim President n-p 1st Term; Deposed in a coup d'état
17 September 2015 to 23 September 2015 Gilbert Diendéré 2010-05-01.jpg Gilbert Diendéré, Chairman of the National Council for Democracy Mil
23 September 2015 to 29 December 2015 Michel Kafando 2015-09-26.jpg Michel Kafando, Interim President n-p 2nd Term; Restored
29 December 2015 to Present (mandate expires on 29 December 2020) Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.jpg Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President MPP

Affiliations[edit]

CDP Congrès pour la Démocratie et le Progrès
(Congress for Democracy and Progress) extreme left, abandoned marxism 1 August 1997, former ODP-MT
PDP Parti pour la Démocratie et le Progrès
(Party for Democracy and Progress) social-democratic
FP Front Popular
(Popular Front)
MDV Voltaïc Democratic Movement
MNR National Movement for Renewal
MPP People's Movement for Progress
ODP-MT Organisation pour la Démocratie Populaire-MT
(Organization for People's Democracy-Worker's Movement) renamed CDP
PDU Parti Démocratique Unifié
(Unified Democratic Party)
RDA Rassemblement Démocratique Africain
(Rally for a Democratic Africa)
UDV Union Démocratique du Volta
(Democratic Union of Volta) only legal party 1960-1966
UDV-RDA Union Démocratique du Voltaic-Rassemblement Démocratique Africain
(Voltaic Democratic Union-Rally for a Democratic Africa)
Mil Military
n-p non-partisan
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