Burundi's new president, Evariste Ndayishimiye, who exactly is he? | AfriTV Online

Evariste Ndayishimiye, 52, and well known by his nickname Neva, was officially sworn in on Thursday just two months ahead of the schedule, following the unfortunate death of his predecessor Pierre Nkuruziza, widely speculated as COVID-19 being the caus...

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Burundi's new president, Evariste Ndayishimiye, who exactly is he?

Published by: Tobiloba Chelsea
06/19/2020 08:21 PM

Evariste Ndayishimiye, 52, born 1968, and well known by his nickname "Neva", was officially sworn in on Thursday just two months ahead of the schedule, following the unfortunate death of his predecessor Pierre Nkuruziza, widely speculated to be caused by COVID-19, while authorities say it was just heart failure.

Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi's new president, is an army general presently faced with a tricky balancing act, in order to bring transformation to the nation while on the other hand pleasing the elites who helped put him in power.


He was handpicked by the CNDD-FDD governing party to officially replace Pierre Nkuruziza, winning a disputed election in May 2020.


Evariste Ndayishimiye gave an outstanding speech as the new president, first paying homage to late Pierre Nkuruziza, promising to follow in his path; he further lambasted the international community for meddling in the country’s politics.Pierre Nkuruziza, rained for a tumultuous 15 years, he was expected to continue wielding power after successfully stepping down as the president, observers say Nkuruziza’s death could present Evariste Ndayishimiye, with more independence

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