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    Burkina Government - 1989

      Long-form name: Burkina Faso

      Type: military; established by coup on 4 August 1983

      Capital: Ouagadougou

      Administrative divisions: 30 provinces; Bam, Bazega, Bougouriba, Boulgou, Boulkiemde, Ganzourgou, Gnagna, Gourma, Houet, Kadiogo, Kenedougou, Komoe, Kossi, Kouritenga, Mouhoun, Namentenga, Naouri, Oubritenga, Oudalan, Passore, Poni, Sanguie, Sanmatenga, Seno, Sissili, Soum, Sourou, Tapoa, Yatenga, Zoundweogo

      Independence: 5 August 1960 (from France; formerly Upper Volta)

      Constitution: none; constitution of 27 November 1977 was abolished following coup of 25 November 1980

      Legal system: based on French civil law system and customary law

      National holiday: Anniversary of the Revolution, 4 August (1983)

      Branches: President is an Army officer; military council of unknown number; 21-member military and civilian Cabinet; judiciary

      Leader: @m5Chief of State and Head of Government--Chairman of the Popular Front Captain Blaise COMPAORE (since 15 October 1987)

      Suffrage: none

      Elections: political process suspended; no talk of returning to constitutional rule

      Political parties and leaders: all political parties banned following November 1980 coup

      Communists: small Communist party front group; some sympathizers

      Other political or pressure groups: committees for the defense of the revolution, watchdog/political action groups throughout the country in both organizations and communities

      Member of: AfDB, CCC, CEAO, EAMA, ECA, EIB (associate), Entente, FAO, GATT, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, IDA, IDB--Islamic Development Bank, IFAD, IFC, ILO, IMF, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IPU, IRC, ITU, NAM, Niger River Commission, OAU, OCAM, OIC, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Paul Desire KABORE; Chancery at 2340 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008; telephone (202) 332-5577 or 6895; US--Ambassador David H. SHINN; Embassy at Avenue Raoul Follerau, Ouagadougou (mailing address is B. P. 35, Ouagadougou); telephone �226� 30-67-23 through 25

      Flag: two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and green with a yellow five-pointed star in the center; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia

      NOTE: The information regarding Burkina on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Burkina Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Burkina Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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