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Burkina Faso

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Introduction:

Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Former President Blaise Compaore (1987-2014) resigned in late October 2014 following popular protests against his efforts to amend the constitution's two-term presidential limit. An interim administration organized presidential and legislative elections - finally held in November 2015 - where Roch Marc Christian Kabore was elected president.

The country experienced terrorist attacks in its capital in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and continues to mobilize resources to counter terrorist threats. Burkina Faso's high population growth, recurring drought, pervasive and perennial food insecurity, and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

 

Burkina Faso Flag
Flag

Burkina Faso Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
19,742,715 (July 2018 est.)
Map Reference:
Africa
Area:
total= 274,200 sq km

Government:
Parliamentary Republic
Capital:
Ouagadougou

Internet Code:
.bf

Airports:
23 (2013)

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Burkina Faso Locater
Locater

Akrotiri Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
BURKINA FASO
Mission/Frame: ISS012-E-16151
Spacecraft Altitude: 183 nautical miles (339 km)
Features:
OUAGADOUGOU, AIRSTRIP, MASSILI R

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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