People in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Editorial credit: Dave Primov /

Burkina Faso

Multiparty presidential and legislative elections held in late 2015 ushered in a new government and laid a foundation for the continued development of democratic institutions. Despite extreme poverty, terrorism, and corruption, civil society and the media remain strong forces for democracy and for the respect of civil liberties.

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Freedom in the World — Burkina Faso Country Report

Burkina Faso is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.