Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Population: 17.1 mn.
GDP: 11.9 bn.
Debt: 2.4 bn.

Resistance to President Blaise Compaoré's rule will continue as he plans to extend his 26 years in power. The government is out of touch. Civil unrest is likely and Compaoré may have to rely upon the army. 

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  • Vol 55 No 13
  •  27th June 2014

The knock-out stage

First it was President Blaise Compaoré's opponents who filled up the 35,000-capacity Stade du 4 Aôut in Ouagadougo on 31 May, and then it was the ruling Congrès pour la démocratie et le progrés (CDP). Compaoré want...

  • Vol 55 No 7
  •  4th April 2014

Tight spot for Blaise

Compaoré is running out of options. If he stays on, mass protests will continue but if he leaves, he may lose his money and could face trial

  • Vol 55 No 3
  •  7th February 2014

Blaise wants compromise

The three main defectors from President Blaise Compaoré’s ruling Congrès pour la démocratie et le progrès (CDP) launched their own political party on 25 January (AC Vol 55 No 2). Roch Marc Christian Kaboré is the ...

  • Vol 55 No 2
  •  24th January 2014

Rising up against Compaoré

Mass demonstrations and party defections signal that 26 years of Compaoré are enough for many people in Burkina but will it be enough to unseat him?

  • Vol 54 No 10
  •  10th May 2013

Keeping up with the Compaorés

The President’s control of national politics may be sure and his international backing stronger than ever but his succession strategy is risky

  • Vol 54 No 10
  •  10th May 2013

Pillars of the regime

President Blaise Compaoré is married to Chantal Terrasson de Fougères, a protégée of the late Ivorian President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. She runs several businesses and charities.

  • Vol 54 No 10
  •  10th May 2013

The economic underpinnings

Burkina Faso is enjoying a mining boom which provides the ruling clan with wiggle room. Gold is now the leading source of export earnings, followed by the traditional main export, cotton.

  • Vol 52 No 9
  •  29th April 2011

Beau Blaise loses it

After his regional mediation, President Compaoré is now threatened by a national crisis of his own making

  • Vol 51 No 24
  •  3rd December 2010

Modesty Blaise

Apathy and a chronically low turn out meant that President Compaoré could have won comfortably without bothering to steal votes

  • Vol 50 No 22
  •  6th November 2009

To catch a thief

The choice of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaoré as chief mediator in Guinea's worsening crisis is curious, given that the Burkinabé leader, in league with Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, had been plotting against the previous Guinean regime under ...

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