Burundi

New Vice president and five ministers


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President Pierre Nkurunziza has appointed five new Ministers into his government following the resignation of three ministers, all of whom were from the minority coalition partner Union for National Progress (UPRONA), earlier this month. On Friday a new Vice-President, Prosper Bazombanza, was sworn into office.

Although Bazombanza is from UPRONA which represents the minority Tutsi ethnic group in the country and which has 17 of the 106 seats in the National Assembly, many of his party object to his appointment.

The President dismissed his previous Tutsi Vice-President, Therence Sinunguruza, reportedly after he refused to back a plan by the president to change the constitution to allow him to run for a third term in 2015; Bazombanza is apparently supportive of the constitutional change but the three ministers who left are said to have supported the previous Vice-President.

Burundi has a complex and delicate balance of power sharing which was devised after the 1993 to 2005 civil war which led to the deaths of an estimated 300,000 and was the result of divisions between the dominant Hutu population and the Tutsi who make up about 15% of the population.

The recent political instability has put the delicate political balance at risk.

The list of new ministers as published on the Burundi Information website is as follows:

Ernest Mberamiheto; Minister of Good Governance

Dieudonné Giteruzi; Minister of Municipal Development

Tharcisse Nkezabahizi; Minister of telecommunications, Information, Communications and Relations with Parliament

Marie Rose Nizigiyimana; Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism

Ir Virginie Ciza; Minister of Transport, Public Works and Equipment

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