BURINDI: Ex Rebel Ndirakobuca New PM, Replaces Bunyoni in Coup Purge

By DailyNewsUG Correspondent,

BUJUMBURA, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Burundi’s parliament on Wednesday swore in a new prime minister a week after President Evariste Ndayishimiye warned that some unnamed people were plotting to overthrow his government.

In a tweet parliament said it had unanimously voted to approve Gervais Ndirakobuca, previously minister for security and internal affairs, following his nomination by Ndayishimiye.

African Business Intelligence on Twitter: "The Prime Minister of Burundi, Alain Guillaume Bunyoni(AGB). https://t.co/H6vWMexW8G" / Twitter
Alain Guillaume Bunyoni,

Ndirakobuca, who replaces Alain Guillaume Bunyoni, is under EU sanctions for his role in quashing demonstrations during political unrest in 2015. Under the constitution the president holds the country’s main executive power.

The central African nation of 11 million people is one of the world’s poorest countries and its politics have over the years been marked by widespread human rights violations including killings, disappearances, torture and gang rape of alleged government opponents, according to the United Nations.

In an audio message that circulated widely in Burundi last week, Ndayishimiye said some people were trying to topple his government and warned them that they would not succeed.
Burundi's President elect Evariste Ndayishimiye attends his inauguration ceremony at the Ingoma Stadium in Gitega
Burundi’s Evariste Ndayishimiye attends his inauguration ceremony at the Ingoma stadium in Gitega, Burundi June 18, 2020. 

A senior government official who did not wish to be identified told Reuters the voice in the audio was that of the president.

“In the name of God I will defeat them,” the president said in the audio.

In the audio he also accused some people of sabotaging his government by failing to solve a scarcity of key commodities that has fuelled resentment among some Burundians.

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