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Surprise Inauguration! Burundian President Nkurunziza Sworn In During Unscheduled Ceremony




Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, was on Thursday sworn in for a third term in a surprise ceremony following weeks of unrest related to his controversial election victory.

An analyst said in Bujumbura on condition of anonymity, that the ceremony was only announced in the morning, apparently in an attempt to avoid protests.

The source said Nkurunziza took his oath in the presence of parliamentarians and diplomats mainly from African countries, as well as some from China and Russia.

The source said the president warned people staging acts of violence that “They will be neutralised, because they will be fighting against God.”

Nkurunziza won the July 21 elections with nearly 70 per cent of the vote in a poll boycotted by the opposition.

His bid for a third five-year term had sparked months of violent protests in which about 80 people were killed.

Critics said his candidacy violated the constitution and the 2000 Arusha agreement, which led to the end of a 12-year civil war in 2005.

Nkurunziza’s victory has been followed by explosions and killings in the capital, Bujumbura.

Also, Nkurunziza thwarted a coup in May, but the coup plotters have threatened with a new attempt.

The ongoing violence has fueled fears of a repetition of the 1993-2005 civil war which pitted the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups and left 300,000 people dead.

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  1. Angryafrican

    August 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Africans i hail oh!!!!
    Where are the african presidents to condemn these tyrants in power??? Sorry i forgot, they are all birds of thesame feather….smh

    And i am upset this whacko burundian prez mentioned God, smh!! A mess

  2. MIMI

    August 20, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    AFRICA …. Sometimes our African leaders need to think twice… They can’t act as if there is nothing wrong! The African Union, where are you? AU can you wake up and be accountable for the things going on in Africa????????????? Is it maybe some of the African leaders have NO SAY to what is going on in Burundi because their own Skeleton in their closet??????????? Since NOT all the African countries are truly economic and political stable. Hence why judge your neighbor when you can’t sort out your own mess???? But, Africa you are breaking my heart! We should stop fighting against each other! African leaders should not go against their people in order to sit in power! African leaders should not dare to embezzle government funds in order to better their own livelihood. African leaders should concentrate in providing basic services for their own people, and phase out poverty than to doing the opposite!


    August 20, 2015 at 2:54 pm


    • sigh

      August 20, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Pls go away.

  4. purplerain

    August 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    God help you that you do not die in office. give your people a chance and step down

  5. Solabomi

    August 20, 2015 at 10:48 pm


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