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Burundi’s parliament has approved Alain Guillaume Bunyoni as Prime Minister, the first person to take on the role in 22 years.


The position was restored by newly elected President Evariste Ndayishimiye, who was sworn in to office last week.


He was sworn in two months earlier than planned following the death of Pierre Nkurunziza.


Pierre Nkurunziza died of cardiac arrest on June 8th June.


Members of parliament have also approved Prosper Bazombanza as the new vice-president. The 60-year-old served as vice-president under Pierre Nkurunziza between 2014 and 2015.


Mr Bunyoni has been the security minister in the last five years. He is an influential figure in the ruling CNDD-FDD party.


The 48-year-old was a close ally of Mr Nkurunziza during his 15 years in power. He’ll now be in charge of the cabinet.


The new PM is under US government sanctions for his suspected role in violence and human rights violations during political unrest in 2015.


Burundi pulled out of International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2017 amid ongoing investigations into the unrest that followed a failed coup attempt.


Source: BBC

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