Blaise Compaore


August 12, 2022

Blaise Compaoré (born 3 February 1951) is a Burkina Faso politician who served as President of Burkina Faso from 1987 to 2014. He was an associate of President Thomas Sankara during the 1980s, and in October 1987 he led the coup that killed Sankara, then he introduced the "improvement" policy, overturned the Marxist policy pursued by Sankara. He won elections in 1991, 1998, 2005, and 2010.

Early career

Compaoré was born in Ziniaré, 43 km from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. He attained the rank of Captain in his country's army. Compaoré met Thomas Sankara in 1976 at a military training center in Morocco, and Compaoré and Sankara became close friends. Compaoré played a major role in the coup against Saye Zerbo and Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo. He has been married to Chantal Compaoré (born Chantal Terrasson) since 1985. Under Sankara's leadership, which lasted from 1983 to 1987, Compaore was his deputy and a member of the National Revolutionary Council. He served as Minister of State for the Presidency and later as Minister of State for Justice.


Further reading

Guion, Jean R. (1991). Blaise Compaoré: Realism and Integrity: Portrait of the Man Behind Rectification in Burkina Faso. Paris: Berger-Levrault International. ISBN 2701310008.

External links

Thomas Sankara's Web Archived 2018-08-30 at the Wayback Machine. Pascal Drouhaud interviews Blaise Compaoré Filed 2003-07-04 at the Wayback Machine. Reporters Without Borders, Burkina Faso 2004 Annual Report IFEX: Monitoring media freedom in Burkina Faso. Archived 2006-01-04 at the Wayback Machine.