Burundi’s senate approves candidature of new attorney general

Burundian senators Thursday unanimously approved the candidature of Sylvestre Nyandwi as the new attorney general of the east African nation in replacement of Valentin Bagorikunda dismissed Wednesday.

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The candidature of the new attorney general was approved along with 14 other candidatures in senior positions of the Burundian judiciary and all those candidatures had been sent to the senate by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza for approval in accordance with the country’s constitution.

Burundian Justice Minister Aimee Laurentine Kanyana was invited at the senate to give clarifications about the 15 candidates made up of eight candidates from the Hutu majority ethnic group and seven candidates from the Tutsi minority ethnic group in accordance with the national constitution.

Sylvestre Nyandwi, the new attorney general is replacing Valentin Bagorikunda who was Thursday appointed general manager of the Office for National Pensions and Occupational Risks (ONPR).

During the session, senators also approved the candidature of Francois Nkezabahizi as the new president of the Burundian Supreme Court (country’s top jurisdiction).

The remaining 13 candidates, with a satisfactory representation of women, are advisers in the country’s higher jurisdictions or heads of lower jurisdictions. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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