Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye

Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye on Wednesday swore in Prosper Bazombanza as vice president and Alain Guillaume Bunyoni as prime minister.

Both chambers of parliament on Tuesday approved Bazombanza and Bunyoni after they were nominated by Ndayishimiye, who was inaugurated last Thursday.

As a member of the opposition party, the National Progress Union, Bazombanza, the former first vice president from 2014-2015, is the only vice president in the new government in accordance with the amended constitution promulgated in 2018.

The new constitution created the post of prime minister. It also provides that the prime minister is to be designated from the ruling party, while the vice president will come from a different party.

Bunyoni was a former minister of public security and disaster management. He also once served as the head of the Burundian police, senior advisor in the office of the president in charge of civil affairs and permanent secretary of the National Security Council.

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