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Burundi unveils cabinet dominated by hardliners

Jun 29, 2020 - 5:51 PM

Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye places some of the regime's most controversial characters in his government

BURUNDI'S PRESIDENT. Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi's elected President from the ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy - Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), attends the swearing-in ceremony in Gitega, Burundi, on June 18, 2020. File photo by Tchandrou Nitanga/AFP

Thousands bid farewell to former Burundi president at state funeral

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:11 PM

'Nowhere in Africa, or the world, has a leader been as close to God as president Nkurunziza was,' says President Evariste Ndayishimiye

STATE FUNERAL. The coffin, covered with he Burundi national flag, of late Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza, who died at the age of 55, is presented on a ceremonial vehicle during the national funeral at the Ingoma stadium in Gitega, Burundi, on June 26, 2020. Photo by Tchandrou Nitanga/AFP

Burundi's new leader to 'continue on the path' of predecessor

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:53 PM

(UPDATED) In his inaugural speech, Evariste Ndayishimiye shows little departure in tone from his predecessor, hailing Pierre Nkurunziza's 15-year rule and accusing the international community of meddling

NEW PRESIDENT. Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi's elected President from the ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy, addresses the nation after signing the book of condolences at the state house in Bujumbura on June 13, 2020. File photo by Tchandrou Nitanga/AFP

Burundi court orders president-elect sworn in after leader's death

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:03 PM

The court rules that the country must 'proceed, as soon as possible, with the swearing-in of the president-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye'

PRESIDENT-ELECT. Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi's Presidential candidate of the ruling party the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy, speaks to the media after voting during presidential and general elections at Bubu Primary school in Giheta, central Burundi, on May 20, 2020. File photo by AFP

Shock and fear as Burundi mourns veteran president

Jun 10, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Flags in Burundi are lowered to half-mast after the death of the 55-year-old leader

MOURNING. The Burundian national flag is taken down at the independent square in downtown Bujumbura as Burundi mourns the death of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, on June 9, 2020. Photo by Tchandrou Nitanga/AFP

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza dies – government

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:44 PM

The government of the Republic of Burundi says Pierre Nkurunziza died 'following heart failure' on Monday, June 8

HEART FAILURE. In this file photo taken on January 26, 2020, Burundi's incumbent president Pierre Nkurunziza takes part in the ruling party CNDD-FDD's congress to nominate its presidential candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in 2020, at Gitega, central Burundi. File photo by STRINGER/AFP

Burundi declares Ndayishimiye victor of bitter presidential election

May 25, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Evariste Ndayishimiye is set to inherit a deeply isolated country, under sanctions and cut off by foreign donors, its economy and national psyche damaged by the years of political violence and rights violations

WINNER. Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi's Presidential candidate of the ruling party the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy, speaks to the media after voting during presidential and general elections at Bubu Primary school in Giheta, central Burundi, on May 20, 2020. File photo by AFP

Burundians vote despite virus outbreak

May 20, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The vote comes after 5 years of turmoil sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, which unleashed unrest that left at least 1,200 dead and saw 400,000 flee the country

CAMPAIGN. A supporter holds a picture of Agathon Rwasa, presidential candidate of the main opposition party the National Congress for Liberty, during the last day of the campaign in Gitega, central Burundi, on May 17, 2020, ahead of the Presidential and General election scheduled for May 20, 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic.  File photo by AFP

Burundi expels top WHO team in coronavirus crisis

May 14, 2020 - 9:36 PM

The foreign ministry, in a letter to WHO Africa headquarters, says the UN agency's representative in Burundi and his 3 colleagues 'are declared persona non grata and as such, must leave the territory of Burundi' by May 15

PROTECTION. Burundians wash their hands, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, on their arrival of their repatriation in Gatumba, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Burundi, on March 18, 2020. File photo by Onesphore Nibigira/AFP

Burundi shrugs off pandemic, citing 'God's protection'

Apr 10, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Burundi's ruling party downplays worries over the pandemic, allowing life to proceed as normal and even pressing ahead with a presidential election on May 20

PANDEMIC. Vendors sell shoes and sandals in Bujumbra, Burundi, on April 9, 2020, as daily life continues despite 3 positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Tchandrou Nitanga/AFP

Burundi seeks 15-year jail term for journalists

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:43 AM

The 4 journalists of Iwacu, one of Burundi's few independent media outlets, were covering a story about DR Congo rebels

PRESS FREEDOM. Four journalists of the Burundi's independent media Iwacu Press Group (L to R): Christine Kamikazi, Agnes Ndirubusa, Egide Harerimana and Terence Mpozenzi leave at the High Court in Bubanza, western Burundi, on December 30, 2019 after attending a trial for complicity in endangering the internal security of the state. Photo by Tchandrou Nitanga/AFP

Burundi names Gitega as new capital

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:06 PM

The announcement of the new political capital is in line with a presidential promise made 10 years ago

Burundi to shut United Nations rights office – sources

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The government on Wednesday, December 5, sends a verbal note to resident UN coordinator Garry Conille to transmit the message to the rights council's High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet in Geneva

6 from Burundi robotics team reported missing in Washington

Jul 20, 2017 - 10:14 PM

Police post to Twitter photographs of the 6 – 4 young males and two females who participated in the First Global Challenge robotics competition

MISSING. Photos of the missing Burundi team from DC Police Department Twitter account.

Burundi minister shot dead in latest violence

Jan 01, 2017 - 7:43 PM

The murder is the first of a serving government minister since Burundi sank into turmoil over President Pierre Nkurunziza s controversial bid for a third term

UN decides to send police force to Burundi

Jul 30, 2016 - 9:43 AM

The UN Security council adopts a resolution drafted by France on dispatching up to 228 UN police to the capital Bujumbura and throughout Burundi

VIGIL FOR BURUNDI. Kenyan activists and Burundian expatriates hold placards and candles during a candlelight vigil held for Burundi in Nairobi, Kenya, December 13, 2015. Photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

South Sudan violence tops African Union summit agenda

Jul 17, 2016 - 10:14 AM

South Sudan is just one of the crises shaking the continent that African leaders will address during the summit

Politicians attend a meeting of the African Union's (AU) economic development program New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) on July 16, 2016 at the Kigali Convention Center during the 27th AU Summit. Cyril Ndegeya/AFP

War crimes court opens preliminary probe into Burundi crisis

Apr 25, 2016 - 8:45 PM

An ICC prosecutor says she had been following events since April 2015 when Burundi was thrown into turmoil by President Pierre Nkurunziza s announcement that he would run for a third term

VIOLENCE IN BURUNDI. In this file photo, Kenyan activists and Burundians residing in Kenya hold a candlelight service to call for peace in Burundi, that has been gripped by violence between police and armed groups since April. File photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Asia most exposed to disasters, Africa most vulnerable – study

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:41 AM

Among mega cities Manila – facing a triple threat from cyclones superstorms and earthquakes – tops the list of urban areas with the highest number of people exposed

ASIA MOST EXPOSED. Heavy traffic is seen along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue with a backdrop of Manila's financial district skyline in Makati City, the Philippines, April 15, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig /EPA

Dozen injured in Burundi grenade blast as UN chief visits

Feb 23, 2016 - 4:36 PM

A dozen people were injured in at least 10 grenade blasts overnight in the capital Bujumbura police say as UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon visits the country

Ban Ki-moon starts first visit to Burundi since start of crisis

Feb 23, 2016 - 12:06 AM

Ban Ki moon is to hold talk with Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza on Tuesday morning

Thousands protest in Burundi against Rwanda 'aggression'

Feb 14, 2016 - 12:41 AM

Burundi has accused Rwanda of backing rebels intent on overthrowing President Pierre Nkurunziza who was returned to power despite weeks of protests and calls from world leaders for him to step aside

PROTESTS. Demonstrators march on February 13, 2016, in Bujumbura during a protest against Rwanda. Photo by AFP

Rwanda to relocate Burundi refugees to other countries – gov't

Feb 13, 2016 - 12:53 PM

The UNHCR says it is concerned over the announcement saying it seems to undermine the precedent of refugee protection Rwanda has set over decades

RELOCATION? In this file photo, Burundian refugee children line up to receive clothes from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees staff in a refugee camp in Gashora, some 55km south of the capital Kigali, Rwanda, May 18, 2015. File photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

UN backs Burundi force as Africa leaders debate on troops

Jan 30, 2016 - 10:16 PM

Chad s leader Idriss Deby the new African Union chairman also tells fellow presidents that conflicts across the continent had to end

EFFORTS FOR PEACE. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon speaks at the 26th presidential summit of the African Union on January 30, 2016, at the organization's headquarters in Addis Ababa. Tony Karumba/AFP

Crisis-hit Burundi frees two foreign journalists

Jan 29, 2016 - 11:42 PM

UPDATED French journalist Jean Philippe Remy Africa bureau chief for French daily Le Monde and British photojournalist Phil Moore were arrested on Thursday afternoon during a raid in which 15 others were also held

Paris demands 'immediate' release of French, British journalists in Burundi

Jan 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

French journalist Jean Philippe Remy and British photographer Philip Moore were arrested while reporting in the volatile central African nation

DEFIANCE. Protestors raise their hands behind a barricade during a demonstration in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura on May 18, 2015. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

UN council makes little headway in Burundi crisis talks

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:35 AM

Burundi has been gripped by violence since April and more than 400 people have died since then and at least 230 000 have fled the country

Burundi rebels announce force to oust president

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:23 PM

This comes amid mounting regional pressure on the government to accept African Union peacekeepers which it calls an invasion force

Burundi rejects African Union peacekeepers as 'invasion force'

Dec 20, 2015 - 8:01 PM

The Burundi government so far dismissed proposals for any peacekeeping force on its territory

US sanctions Burundi nationals for 'fueling violence'

Dec 19, 2015 - 9:58 AM

The US sanctions come after some 100 people were killed during and after coordinated assaults on 3 military installations in Burundi s capital Bujumbura on December 11

VIOLENCE IN BURUNDI. In this file photo, Kenyan activists and Burundians residing in Kenya hold a candlelight service to call for peace in Burundi, that has been gripped by violence between police and armed groups since April. File photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

US warns citizens to leave Burundi after fighting flares

Dec 14, 2015 - 8:02 AM

The US State Department makes the warning following Friday s attacks that left nearly 90 people dead

PROTEST. A Burundian protester wearing a gas mask and holding a sign that reads "Stop the third mandate" chants near a burning barricade in the Mugasa neighbourhood of Bujumbura on May 6. Photo by Phil Moore/AFP

87 killed in Burundi clashes – army

Dec 13, 2015 - 1:03 AM

Meanwhile several witnesses accuse soldiers and police of extrajudicial killings

Dozens of corpses lie in streets day after Burundi attacks – witnesses

Dec 12, 2015 - 6:59 PM

Several residents accuse the police of rounding up young men after Friday s attacks on 3 military bases then executing them

Top Burundi official escapes assassination bid

Nov 28, 2015 - 12:01 AM

Senior police officials say two criminals have been arrested following the assassination attempt on Zenon Ndaruvukanye

SURVIVOR. Zenon Ndaruvukanye survives an assassination attempt, but his bodyguard didn't. Photo from the Facebook page of Zenon Ndaruvukanye

UN moves to prevent 'possible genocide' in Burundi

Nov 13, 2015 - 5:16 AM

UN officials are drawing up plans including rushing UN peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Burundi or deploying a regional force under the African Union if the violence spirals out of control

PROTEST. A Burundian protester wearing a gas mask and holding a sign that reads "Stop the third mandate" chants near a burning barricade in the Mugasa neighbourhood of Bujumbura on May 6, 2015. Photo by Phil Moore / AFP

US ejects Burundi from Africa trade pact AGOA

Oct 31, 2015 - 7:52 AM

US President Barack Obama takes the step in response to a continuing crackdown on opposition members which has included assassinations extra judicial killings arbitrary arrests and torture

EJECTING BURUNDI. US President Barack Obama says Burundi will be ejected from a pact offering African nations much-desired US market access. File photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

Failure to contain Burundi crisis risks regional war: UN

Sep 15, 2015 - 10:42 PM

A UN expert says failure by the international community to immediately intervene in Burundi can result in new mass atrocities and spark a wider regional war the proportions of which are impossible to predict

A Burundian protester wearing a gas mask and holding a sign that reads "Stop the third mandate" chants near a burning barricade in the Mugasa neighbourhood of Bujumbura on May 6, 2015. Government and opposition rivals are meeting in Burundi in a bid to end deadly demonstrations against a third term bid by the president, as regional foreign ministers arrived to add pressure. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE

Ex-head of Burundian army during civil war assassinated – family

Aug 15, 2015 - 9:46 PM

Colonel Jean Bikomagu a key figure in the former Tutsi dominated army was gunned down in his car by unidentified assailants

Agence France-Presse condemns Burundi inaction after journalist beating

Aug 12, 2015 - 11:02 PM

The violent aggression against our correspondent recognized and respected by the entire profession on the African continent cannot go unpunished

Burundi president wins controversial third term

Jul 25, 2015 - 9:47 AM

But President Pierre Nkurunziza s victory could trigger donor sanctions against the already impoverished nation

THIRD TERM. Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is re-elected after winning the controversial elections. File photo by Christophe Karaba/AFP

African Union deploys military and rights observers to Burundi

Jul 22, 2015 - 10:02 PM

The AU teams are aimed to prevent an escalation of violence in Burundi and to facilitate the completion of efforts to resolve the serious crisis in the country

Burundi counts votes after controversial presidential polls

Jul 22, 2015 - 11:41 AM

Results from the polls condemned as illegitimate by the international community are expected by the end of Thursday July 23

COUNTING THE VOTES. Election monitors and representatives of the major parties look on as votes are read out after polls closed in the Vugizo neighborhood in the suburb of capital Bujumbura, Burundi, July 21, 2015. Will Swanson/EPA

Violence as Burundi votes with president seeking re-election

Jul 21, 2015 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED President Pierre Nkurunziza is widely expected to win a third consecutive term despite international condemnation and thousands of people fleeing feared violence

In this file photo, electoral officials gather in the courtyard of the administrative building of the Bwiza district of Bujumbura, where ballots are counted on June 29, 2015. Marco Longari/AFP

Bitterly divided Burundi heads for elections

Jul 20, 2015 - 12:20 PM

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza appears set to win a controversial third consecutive term in elections on Tuesday July 21 a hollow victory that will leave him ruling over a violently divided nation

In this file photo, electoral staff work at a polling station in Bujumbura, Burundi, 29 June 2015. Ajax Nzeyimana/EPA

12 killed in Burundi clashes on Rwanda border – official

Jul 12, 2015 - 12:13 AM

The attack has been claimed by rebel Burundian army soldiers who attempted but failed to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza in a coup in mid May

UN: Burundi elections not free or credible

Jul 03, 2015 - 6:42 AM

United Nations observers say Elections in Burundi wracked by violence and boycotted by the opposition are free or credible a day after clashes left 6 dead in the capital

EMPTY. Electoral commission staff sit in an empty polling station in the neighborhood of Kinama in Bujumbura on June 29, 2015. Today's vote is for local and parliamentary seats, with a presidential election due to follow on July 15. Photo by Phil Moore / AFP

Grenade attacks as Burundi holds controversial polls

Jun 29, 2015 - 3:15 PM

Armed groups throw grenades at stations in both the capital Bujumbura and in some provinces ahead of Monday s parliamentary and local elections

Grenade attacks injure 11 police in Burundi capital – security sources

Jun 20, 2015 - 6:02 PM

UPDATED Several police posts and vehicles were attacked with grenades in the Citiboke Nyakabiga Musaga and Jabe districts

Detained Rwandan journalist in Burundi freed

Jun 19, 2015 - 10:07 PM

Burundi has been in crisis since late April over President Pierre Nkurunziza s controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive five year term

PROTEST. A man is lifted by police during a protest in Bujumbura on May 13, 2015. A top Burundian general announced today the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term. Photo by Landry Nshimiye / AFP

Burundi focus of talks as African leaders meet

Jun 14, 2015 - 12:53 PM

African leaders will talk about the political unrest in Burundi and the regional migration crisis at an African Union summit