Burundi’s Constitutional Court rules rapid swearing in of Evariste Ndayishimiye after former leader’s death

Following the sudden death of President Pierre Nkurunziza earlier this week, Burundi’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the swearing in of the country’s newly elected leader Evariste Ndayishimiye be rapidly done.

The new leader has who won the presidential poll that took place on May 20 and was expected to take over the Presidency from former leader Nkurunziza in August when the latter’s term ends. However, the sudden demise of Nkurunziza’s due to a heart attack on Monday, June 8, has created a possibility that the speaker of the Burundian National Assembly, Pascal Nyabenda, to become an interim leader before the swearing-in of Ndayishimiye could be conducted, in line with the Constitution. 

To take a call in the matter, an extraordinary meeting of the council of ministers on Thursday, June 11, decided to turn to the Constitutional Court.

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