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Constitution of Burkina Faso (as amended up to Law No. 033-2012/AN of June 11, 2012)

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Burkina Faso

Year of current version:2002
Date of entry into force of original text:June 13, 1991
Date of Text (Adopted):June 2, 1991
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
Notes:
The Constitution of Burkina Faso was adopted by referendum on June 2, 1991 and amended in 1997, 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2012. The Constitution defines the form of government as democratic, unitary and secular state.

The Constitution specifies that the system of government is based on the separation of powers. The executive power is exercised by the President, who is both the head of State and head of government. The President is elected for a five-year term. The legislative power is vested in the Government and the (unicameral) Parliament, which has 111 deputies elected to five-year terms. The judicial system consists of the Supreme Court and two courts of appeal in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso. The legal system comprises civil and customary law.

Article 28 of the Constitution protects the intellectual property, which reads: 'The law guarantees intellectual property. The freedom of creation and artistic, scientific and technical works are protected by the law. The manifestation of cultural, intellectual, artistic and scientific activity is free and is exercised in conformity with the laws in force.'
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Constitution du Burkina Faso (telle que modifiée en dernier lieu par la loi n° 033-2012/AN du 11 juin 2012) Constitution du Burkina Faso (telle que modifiée en dernier lieu par la loi n° 033-2012/AN du 11 juin 2012), Complete document (pdf) [697 KB]

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