Burundi’s new leader unveils cabinet

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Burundi – The newly elected president of Burundi, President Evariste Ndayishimiye has named a new cabinet that includes two officials sanctioned by the US and European Union.

The new cabinet is made up of a prime minister and 15 ministers. They have been tasked with turning around the country’s economy, security, and improving relations with its neighbours, especially Rwanda.

The country’s top diplomat to the UN Albert Shingiro was named Foreign Affairs minister while former police chief Gervais Ndirakobuca was named Minister for Interior and Security.

Ndirakobuca and Prime Minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni were sanctioned by the US and EU for their suspected role in violence and human rights violations during unrest in 2015 – when the late President Nkurunziza, pushed fora third term.

Five women have also been appointed to posts in the ministries of justice, labour, trade and tourism, social affairs and human rights, and communication.

The president also retained Thaddee Ndikumana as health minister despite criticism of how the previous administration handled the coronavirus pandemic in Burundi.

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