Burkina Faso: Introductory Note
Augustin LoadaEdited By: Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa
© 2017 Oxford University Press
Until the end of the 1980s the post-colonial political history of Burkina Faso was characterized by great instability. Since independence from France in 1960, the country has experienced alternating periods of constitutional order and emergency rule. This instability is a reflection of the risks, weaknesses, and uncertainties of the democratic process in Burkina Faso. However, a long process of democratization began in the early 1990s and continues today. Following independence, the constitution of the First Republic of Upper Volta was a presidentialist...