Blaise Compaoré

Compaoré, Blaise (blāz cŏmpôrˈrā) [key], 1951–, Burkinabe military and political leader, president of Burkina Faso (1987–), b. Ouagadougou. An army captain and minister of justice under President Thomas Sankara, he led the 1987 coup in which Sankara was killed, and for the next four years headed a military government. Running unopposed as a civilian, he won the 1991 presidental election. and was reelected against weak opposition in 1998, 2005, and 2010. His regime has been marked by an expanded private sector, increased foreign investment, and greater political stability. Although there have been some democratic reforms, he has implicated in human-rights abuses, including the death of a reporter. Also, Burkina Faso has had frequent conflicts with neighboring Côte d'Ivoire.

See biography by J. R. Guion (1991).

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