Burkina Faso profile - Leaders
President: Roch Marc Kabore
Mr Kabore, who served as prime minister and speaker of parliament under veteran President Blaise Compaore, won the November 2015 presidential election, easily beating his main rival, former economy and finance minister Zephirin Diabre.
A long-standing Compaore loyalist, he quit as chairman of the then-president's Congress for Democracy and Progress in 2014 over the head of state's plans to amend the constitution to extend his 27-year rule.
A French-educated banker, Mr Kabore sees himself as a social democrat, and has pledged to reduce youth unemployment, improve education and healthcare, and make health provision for children under six free of charge.
Blaise Compaore resigned and fled to Ivory Coast in October 2014 after tens of thousands of people protested against his plans to stay in office. He came to power in a coup in 1987, and subsequently won four hotly-disputed presidential elections.
The intervening year before Mr Kabore's election saw considerable turmoil, including an attempted coup by troops loyal to the ousted president in September 2015.