Burkina Faso: Government

Burkina Faso Flag
Coat of Arms of Burkina Faso

Key Figures

Chief of State: President Roch Marc Kabore

Head of Government: Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba

Overview

Government Name: Burkina Faso

Constitution: Adopted: 1991; Dictates fundamental rights and duties, defines the state and national sovereignty, delegates judicial power, discusses treaties and international agreements, and discusses the control of the constitutionality of laws.

Government Type: Parliamentary Republic

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle Source: ElectionGuide, http://www.electionguide.org/
Executive

The president appoints the prime minister, judges and cabinet, and is the commander-in-chief of armed forces. The prime minister advises the president on appointments and daily executory tasks.

The president is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system.

5 years

Judicial

The supreme court of appeals is the highest court of the land. The constitutional council is responsible for determining cases about the constitution.

The supreme court judge appointments are mostly controlled by the president of Burkina Faso. Constitutional council judges are appointed by the president of Burkina Faso upon the proposal of the minister of justice.

Supreme Court judges: no term limit; Constitutional Council judges: 9 year terms with one-third of the judges being renewed every 3 years

Legislative

The legislative branch approves appointed officials, responsible for policy making.

The senate has 39 members elected by regional governing councils, 21 indirectly elected by special interest groups, and 39 appointed by the president. The national assembly has 127 members elected through a closed-list proportional representation system.

5 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: Burkina Faso has excellent relations with European aid donors. France and the European Union, in particular, providing significant aid. Other donors with large bilateral aid programs include Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and Canada. Burkina Faso maintains relations with Libya, but they are tense. Burkina also plays a role in regional peacekeeping operations, and is a member of the African Union and the United Nations.

Regional Trade Blocs: ECOWAS

Treaties: Peace and Security Council


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ACP AfDB AU CD ECOWAS EITI
Entente FAO FZ G-77 IAEA IBRD
ICAO ICC ICRM IDA IDB IFAD
IFC IFRCS ILO IMF Interpol IOC
IOM IPU ISO ITSO ITU ITUC
MIGA MINUSMA MONUSCO NAM OIC OIF
OPCW PCA UN UNAMID UNCTAD UNESCO
UNIDO UNISFA UNITAR UNWTO UPU WADB
WAEMU WCO WFTU WHO WIPO WMO
WTO

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Environmental Agreements  Source: CIA World Factbook

Biodiversity Climate Change Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol Desertification Endangered Species Hazardous Wastes
Law of the Sea Marine Life Conservation Ozone Layer Protection Wetlands

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Tax Authority: Information not available

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Sources:

CIA World Factbook and U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets except where stated otherwise.

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