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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.


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Military

Military branches
Army, Air Force of Burkina Faso (Force Aerienne de Burkina Faso, FABF), National Gendarmerie (2011)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for voluntary military service; women may serve in supporting roles (2009)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 3,735,735 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 2,366,168
Females age 16-49 2,367,673 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 193,905
Female 191,662 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 119
1.2% of GDP (2006)


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Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou):


GPS points from Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)

Faten Burkina Faso (general)

Komadougou Burkina Faso (general)

Gougogo Burkina Faso (general)

Doaga Burkina Faso (general)

Belogo Burkina Faso (general)

Bouri Burkina Faso (general)

Tilere Burkina Faso (general)

Gogen Burkina Faso (general)




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