Blaise Compaoré

Blaise Compaoré
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President of Burkina Faso
In office
15 October 1987 – 31 October 2014
Prime MinisterYoussouf Ouédraogo
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo
Paramanga Ernest Yonli
Tertius Zongo
Luc-Adolphe Tiao
Preceded byThomas Sankara
Succeeded byIsaac Zida (as Transitional Head of State)
Personal details
Born(1951-02-03) 3 February 1951 (age 67)
Ziniaré, Upper Volta[1]
CitizenshipIvorian (2016–)[2]
Political partyCongress for Democracy and Progress
Spouse(s)Chantal de Fougères
RelationsFrançois (brother)
Nickname(s)Handsome Blaise[3]
WebsiteBlaise Compaoré on Twitter
Military service
AllegianceFlag of Upper Volta.svg Republic of Upper Volta
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg Burkina Faso

Blaise Compaoré (born 3 February 1951)[4][5] is a Burkinabé politician who was president of Burkina Faso from 1987 to 2014. He was a top associate of President Thomas Sankara during the 1980s, and in October 1987, he led a coup d'état during which Sankara was killed. Subsequently, he introduced a policy of "rectification", overturning the Marxist policies pursued by Sankara. He won elections in 1991, 1998, 2005, and 2010 in what were considered unfair circumstances.[6][7][8] His attempt to amend the constitution to extend his 27-year term caused the 2014 Burkinabé uprising. On 31 October 2014, Compaoré resigned, whereupon he fled to the Ivory Coast.[9][10]

Early career

Compaoré was born in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso (then named Upper Volta) and grew up in nearby Ziniaré.[1] He reached the rank of captain in the Voltaïc army. Compaoré met Thomas Sankara in 1976 in a military training center in Morocco, and subsequently Compaoré and Sankara were considered close friends. Compaoré played a major role in the coups d'état against Saye Zerbo and Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo. He has been married to Chantal Compaoré (née Chantal Terrasson) since 1985.

Under Sankara's leadership, which lasted from 1983 to 1987, Compaoré was his deputy[11] and was a member of the National Revolutionary Council.[4] He served as Minister of State at the Presidency[4][5][11] and subsequently as Minister of State for Justice.[5]

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Blez Kompaore
беларуская: Блэз Кампаорэ
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Блез Кампаорэ
български: Блез Компаоре
brezhoneg: Blaise Compaoré
čeština: Blaise Compaoré
Ελληνικά: Μπλεζ Κομπαορέ
Esperanto: Blaise Compaoré
français: Blaise Compaoré
Bahasa Indonesia: Blaise Compaoré
Kiswahili: Blaise Compaoré
lietuvių: Blaise Compaoré
Nederlands: Blaise Compaoré
norsk nynorsk: Blaise Compaoré
português: Blaise Compaoré
Simple English: Blaise Compaoré
српски / srpski: Блез Компаоре
українська: Блез Компаоре