Bu­rundi un­veils Cab­i­net dom­i­nated by hard-lin­ers

Arab News - - News Internatio­nal - AFP

New Bu­run­dian Pres­i­dent Evariste Nday­ishimiye has un­veiled a slimmed-down cab­i­net of only 15 min­is­ters, dom­i­nated by regime hard-lin­ers such as the head of the feared in­tel­li­gence ser­vice.

Nday­ishimiye took of­fice ear­lier this month after the sud­den death of vet­eran leader Pierre Nku­run­z­iza, and many had hoped for a new era after years of rights abuses, re­pres­sion and vi­o­lence.

How­ever, Nday­ishimiye, an army gen­eral hand­picked by the rul­ing party to suc­ceed Nku­run­z­iza, has placed some of the regime’s most con­tro­ver­sial char­ac­ters in his gov­ern­ment, in the Cab­i­net an­nounced on Sunday.

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