Evariste Ndayishimiye is sworn in as Burundi President

Evariste Ndayishimiye, the newly-elected president was sworn in at “Ingoma” stadium in Gitega province, this June 18.

Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye,Burundi’s new President

Different people, government officials and guests from throughout the country attended the ceremonies. Before being sworn in, Bishop Simon Ntamwana prayed for the President-elect. “May the Lord enlighten you so that you do good achievements in Burundi, so that you strengthen love among Burundians and repatriate refugees,” said Bishop Ntamwana.

Evariste Ndayishimiye swore to be loyal to the constitution of Burundi and national unity charter. According to Article 107 of the Constitution, Ndayishimiye swore before Almighty God and before the Burundian people. In front of various officials and guests, he said: “Before Almighty God and before the Burundian people, I, Evariste Ndayishimiye, swear to be loyal to the charter of national unity, the Constitution of the Republic of Burundi and the law…”

Afterwards, President Evariste Ndayishimiye delivered his first speech as president. He has said he will promote human rights, consolidate national sovereignty and open doors to countries wishing to cooperate with Burundi.

He has also said he will improve the judicial sector and living condition of retirees. He has also called on political parties and their members to express freely their points of view. “Burundians are legally equal,” he said.

Apart from the diplomatic missions accredited to Burundi, other foreign officials who attended the swearing-in ceremonies of the new Burundi president include Former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete, Deputy President of Tanzania, Congo-Brazzaville Foreign Affairs Minister, special envoys from Egypt, Gabon…

Evariste Ndayishimiye, 52, who will serve seven years in office, was expected to take office on August 20. He will succeed late President Pierre Nkurunziza who passed away following a cardiac arrest on June 8.