According to Africanews, Burundi has a new president in the person of Evariste Ndayishimiye who won the May 20 elections as the country entered the post-Nkurunziza era.
Ndayimishiye was originally supposed to take over in August but the Constitutional Court ruled that the investiture be brought forward following the death of outgoing Nkurunziza.
The event took place at the state Ingoma in Gitega, the political capital of the country. The venue was packed as the president took his oath and went through the motions of accepting his official instruments of office.
Who is Evariste Ndayishimiye the new Burundi president?
Mr. Ndayishimiye, a father of six, is known as a practicing roman catholic, who also embraces the ideology of his predecessor of “emphasizing on God” in politics. He was born in 1968 in Gitega province, the current political capital of Burundi. He was among the top generals of the country since Nkurunziza took power in 2005. Ndayishimiye was a law student when the civil war erupted in 1993.
Like Nkurunziza, he reportedly survived an assassination plot before fleeing into exile. He subsequently supported and closely worked with Nkurunziza during the Arusha peace talks between the government and the FDD rebels.
The new president is taking over a country that is diplomatically isolated and which no good relations with donors.
His predecessor was accused of presiding over a government that carried out grave human rights violations and a crackdown on the opposition, journalists, and activists. He also downplayed the coronavirus pandemic
Ndayishimiye was originally supposed to be invested in August after winning May 20 polls which the opposition unsuccessfully contested in court.
The death of Nkurunziza created a vacuum that experts expected the speaker of the national assembly to occupy by cabinet last week, sought judicial direction on the vacuum. The Constitutional Court ruled late last week that the president-elect be sworn in as soon as possible.
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