Official name: Republic of Burkina Faso
Area: 274,500 sq. km
Official languages: French
Other languages: Mooré, Dioula, Fulfuldé, San
Religions: Muslim (60.5 %), Christian (19%), Indigenous Beliefs (15.3%), Protestant (4.2%)
Independence day: 5 August 1960 from France
Structure of Government:
Executive:The President is the Head of state while the Prime minister is the Head of government. The ministers are appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Prime minister. A transitional government has taken over following the ouster of President Blaise Compaoré in October 2014.
Legislative: A National Transitional Council is acting as legislature until elections are held.
Judicial: The Supreme Court of Appeals, the Council of State, the Court of Auditors, the High Court and the Constitutional Council are the highest courts of the country. Courts of Appeal, courts of First Instance, District and village courts and other specific courts ( labour, children, etc) are subordinate courts.
Foreign policy: Burkina Faso is a member of UN, ECOWAS, IMF, ILO, WTO (observer status), UNHCR, WHO, UNESCO, IOM, UNIDO, etc.
GDP: 11,6 billion USD ( World bank est. 2013)
Main economic resources: Cotton, corn, cassava, yams, beans, palm oil, groundnuts, etc
Major Trading Partners: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Belgium, China, France, Singapore
Civil law based on the French model and customary law.
International: United Nations Treaty Online collection
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