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Vol 55 No 4

Published 21st February 2014


Nkurunziza nobbles opposition

The appointment of a new Vice-President failed to relieve the political crisis and the President is now trying to manipulate opposition leaders

Burundi is facing its worst political crisis since the end of the civil war in 2000. When President Pierre Nkurunziza dismissed the First Vice-President, Bernard Busokoza, on 1 February, the mainly Tutsi Union pour le progrès national (Uprona) walked out of the government. After a difficult stand-off, Uprona’s Prosper Bazombaza was appointed as Busokoza's replacement but without his party's backing. The political crisis is far from over and the fragile balance of power between mainly Hutu and mainly Tutsi parties is in peril.

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