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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Burundi Government

Burundi Government

Burundi Government

President - Pierre Nkurunziza since August 26, 2005
First Vice President - Gaston Sindimwo since August 20, 2015
Second Vice President - Joseph Butore since August 20, 2015

Heads of Burundi Government 2018

Since independence in 1961, Burundi has been plagued by deadly tension between the dominant Tutsi minority and Hutu majority. Burundi is a small country in East Africa bordered by Tanzania, Rwanda, and Lake Tanganyika. Burundi gained its independence from Belgium in 1962. 

Much of Burundi Government history has been turbulent, and Burundi's first democratically elected president Melchior Ndadaye (March 28, 1953 – October 21, 1993) was assassinated near Bujumbura, Burundi after only 100 days in office. His victory in Burundi Government first free elections after 26 years of military rule marked the end of centuries of domination of the Hutu by the Tutsi.

Pierre Nkurunziza is former Hutu rebel leader, joined the Hutu rebellion in 1995 and rose through the ranks to become head of the Forces for Defense of Democracy (FDD) in 2001. He became the first Burundi Government president to be chosen in democratic elections since the start of Burundi's civil war in 1994 and came to power after a civil war that left 300,000 dead. 

Pierre Nkurunziza was elected president in 2005 and 2010 and again in a Burundi Government controversial election in 2015. His election by parliamentarians in 2005 was one of the final steps in a peace process intended to end years of fighting between Hutu rebels and the Tutsi-controlled army.

The June 2010 presidential polls were boycotted by the opposition, which complained of fraud in the earlier local elections in Burundi's Government. Nkurunziza re-election to a third term in 2015 proved even more controversial, as Burundi's constitution limits presidents to a maximum of two terms in office. The constitutional court ruled in favor of his argument that his first term does not count, as he was elected by parliament and not by the entire electorate, and was thus eligible to be re-elected again.

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