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Vol 61 No 13

Published 25th June 2020


Life without the 'Supreme Guide'

The new president has the chance to soothe neighbours exasperated by his late predecessor's belligerence

Evariste Ndayishimiye was sworn in as Burundi's president on 18 June, 10 days after the sudden death of his predecessor, Pierre Nkurunziza. The ceremony followed a ruling by the country's Constitutional Court that he take office as soon as possible, even though the constitution stipulates that the President of the National Assembly, currently Pascal Nyabenda, should take over in the event of the president's demise. The judges determined that since Ndayishimiye won national elections in May, there was no need to install an interim head of state, who would then ordinarily have been required to hold fresh elections. The inauguration was originally scheduled for August.

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