Blaise Compaoré was the most recent president and ruled the country from 1987 until he was ousted from power by the popular youth upheaval of 31 October 2014.
Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara.
After gaining independence from France in 1960, the country underwent many governmental changes. Blaise Compaoré was the most recent president and ruled the country from 1987 until he was ousted from power by the popular youth upheaval of 31 October 2014.
This resulted in a semi-presidential republic which lasted from October 2014 to September 2015.
On 17 September 2015 the provisional government was in turn toppled by an apparent military coup carried out by the Regiment of Presidential Security.
On 24 September 2015, after pressure from the African Union, ECOWAS, and the armed forces, the military junta agreed to step down, and Michel Kafando was reinstated as Acting President.
- Burkina Faso is a land locked country.
- Burkina Faso has largest boundary with Mali which is approximately 1000 km.
- Burkina Faso has shortest boundary with Togo which is approximately 126 km.
- The largest river in Burkina Faso is Volta which is 1600 km.
- The largest export partner of Burkina Faso is China.
- The largest import partner of Burkina Faso is Cote dIvoire.
Tourist Attraction#Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, was also the ancient seat of the Mossi people.
- Text marked as italic is taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkina Faso unter CC.