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This is a list of heads of state of Burkina Faso since the Republic of Upper Volta gained independence from France in 1960 to the present day.

A total of eight people have served as head of state of Upper Volta/Burkina Faso (not counting three Transitional Heads of State/Presidents and one Acting President in rebellion).

The current head of state of Burkina Faso is the President of the Republic Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, since 29 December 2015.

Titles

  • 1960–1980: President of the Republic
  • 1980–1982: President of Military Committee of Recovery for National Progress
  • 1982: Chairman of Provisional Committee of Popular Salvation
  • 1982–1983: Head of State
  • 1983–1987: Chairman of National Revolutionary Council and Head of State
  • 1987–1991: President of Popular Front and Head of State
  • 1991–2014: President of the Republic
  • 2015: Chairman of National Council for Democracy
  • 2015–present: President of the Republic

Key

Political parties
Other factions
Status
  •   Transitional Head of State/President
  •   Acting President in rebellion

List

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Political affiliation Prime Minister(s)
Took office Left office
Republic of Upper Volta
1 Maurice Yaméogo
(1921–1993)
Maurice Yaméogo, 1960.jpg 5 August 1960 3 January 1966
(deposed.)
1965 UDV–RDA Position not established
2 Sangoulé Lamizana
(1916–2005)
No image.png 3 January 1966 25 November 1980
(deposed.)
1978 Military /
Independent
Ouédraogo
Himself
Conombo
3 Saye Zerbo
(1932–2013)
No image.png 25 November 1980 7 November 1982
(deposed.)
Military Himself
4 Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo
(1941–)
No image.png 8 November 1982 4 August 1983
(deposed.)
Military Sankara
5 Thomas Sankara
(1949–1987)
Sankara-Portrait-by RYU 2017.jpg 4 August 1983 4 August 1984 Military Position abolished
Burkina Faso
(5) Thomas Sankara
(1949–1987)
Sankara-Portrait-by RYU 2017.jpg 4 August 1984 15 October 1987
(assassinated.)
Military Position abolished
6 Blaise Compaoré
(1951–)
Blaise Compaoré 2014 White House.png 15 October 1987 31 October 2014
(resigned.)
1991
1998
2005
2010
Military / FP
ODP–MT / CDP
Y. Ouédraogo
Kaboré
K. D. Ouedraogo
Yonli
Zongo
Tiao
Honoré Traoré
(1957–)
(claimant.)
No image.png 31 October 2014 1 November 2014 Military Position vacant
Yacouba Isaac Zida
(1965–)
No image.png 1 November 2014 18 November 2014 Military
(RSP)
Position vacant
Michel Kafando
(1942–)
Michel Kafando 2015-09-26.jpg 18 November 2014 17 September 2015
(deposed.)
Independent Zida
7 Gilbert Diendéré
(c. 1960–)
Gilbert Diendéré 2010-05-01.jpg 17 September 2015 23 September 2015
(stepped down.)
Military
(RSP)
Position vacant
Chérif Sy
(1960–)
(in opposition to Diendéré.)
No image.png 17 September 2015 23 September 2015 Independent Position vacant
Michel Kafando
(1942–)
Michel Kafando 2015-09-26.jpg 23 September 2015
(restored.)
29 December 2015 Independent Zida
8 Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
(1957–)
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.jpg 29 December 2015 Incumbent 2015 MPP Thieba

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