18.3 C
Brisbane
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Burundi Picks Regime Hardliner as Prime Minister

Must read

Salva Kiir Mayardit Address to the Nation on the Ninth Anniversary of the Country’s Independence

His Excellency, Good evening fellow citizens. I come before you this evening to wish you...

UNHCR calls on South Sudan leaders to reinvigorate peace efforts on 9th anniversary of independence

Nine years since South Sudan gained independence and became the world’s youngest nation, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is calling on the...

With schools closed, child labour on the rise in lockdown Uganda

Every morning soon after dawn, 10-year-old Moses leaves home carrying trays of hard-boiled eggs and walks for half an hour to sell...

How did the crisis in South Sudan start?

Akot Deng Ngongdit - South Sudan legitimately attained her independence from Sudan in July/09/2011, but the hard-won celebration was short-lived, and entered...

Burundi’s national assembly on Tuesday approved the nomination of Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni, a hardliner under U.S. sanctions for his alleged role in political repression, as the country’s prime minister.
 
Bunyoni, who will fill the new position of head of government created in the 2018 constitution, was backed by an overwhelming majority in a session boycotted by the opposition.
 
Bunyoni is currently minister of public security and former head of the national police.
 
He has been under sanctions by the United States since 2015 for his role in violence against civilians and political repression that marked late president Pierre Nkurunziza’s disputed third-term bid that year.
 
UN rights investigators have said there were likely crimes against humanity committed by state forces, citing extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, disappearances, torture and sexual violence.
 
The turmoil left at least 1,200 dead and saw 400,000 flee the country.
 
Pacifique Nininahazwe, an exiled rights activist, told AFP that Bunyoni’s nomination was “a very bad sign … a reinforcement of impunity and defiance of the international community”.
 
Bunyoni’s appointment comes after President Evariste Ndayishimiye was sworn in last week following the sudden death of Nkurunziza on June 8.
 
The government announced on Tuesday that Nkurunziza, who ruled the East Africa nation for 15 years, will be buried on Friday in the administrative capital Gitega.

- Advertisement -

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest article

Salva Kiir Mayardit Address to the Nation on the Ninth Anniversary of the Country’s Independence

His Excellency, Good evening fellow citizens. I come before you this evening to wish you...

UNHCR calls on South Sudan leaders to reinvigorate peace efforts on 9th anniversary of independence

Nine years since South Sudan gained independence and became the world’s youngest nation, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is calling on the...

With schools closed, child labour on the rise in lockdown Uganda

Every morning soon after dawn, 10-year-old Moses leaves home carrying trays of hard-boiled eggs and walks for half an hour to sell...

How did the crisis in South Sudan start?

Akot Deng Ngongdit - South Sudan legitimately attained her independence from Sudan in July/09/2011, but the hard-won celebration was short-lived, and entered...

Kenyan police fire teargas, arrest protesters marching against the brutality

 Kenyan police on Tuesday fired teargas and arrested activists gathering for a march against perceived government injustice that has been given extra...