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President names new govt after winning June poll amid opposition boycott

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2010-08-30

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza named his new government on Monday following his party's victory in June legislative elections that the country's main opposition groups chose to boycott amid allegations of vote-rigging.

AFP - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has named a new government following legislative elections that his ruling party swept amid an opposition boycott, his spokesman said Monday.

Out of 21 ministers in the new line-up, 10 are retained from the previous government. Fourteen ministers are from Nkurunziza's CNDD-FDD, three from the main Tutsi party UPRONA and one from a party allied to the ruling regime.

Two military officers also made it to the cabinet alongside the former supreme court head.
   

The government make-up reflects the constitutional requirement of a 60-40 share between the majority Hutus and minority Tutsis, said government spokesman Leonidas Hatungimana.

Nkurunziza also at the weekend appointed two vice presidents after they were approved by parliament.

The president was re-elected virtually unopposed in the June elections boycotted by the main opposition groups over accusations that his regime rigged the local polls in May.

Three opposition leaders have since gone into hiding fearing for their lives.

Date created : 2010-08-30

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