- Pray for the political situation as Burkina Faso prepares for presidential elections in 2015.
- We proclaim the peace of God in the people, government and land of Burkina Faso.
Interesting Facts About Burkina Faso
Background: 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. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. Burkina Faso’s high population density and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.
Government Type: parliamentary republic
Population: 17,812,961 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Mossi over 40%, other approximately 60% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, and Fulani)
Languages: French (official), native African languages belonging to Sudanic family spoken by 90% of the population
Religions: Muslim 60.5%, Catholic 19%, animist 15.3%, Protestant 4.2%, other 0.6%, none 0.4%
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