World Bulletin / News Desk
Burundian President Pierre Nkurinziza has sacked his defense minister as part of a major cabinet reshuffle, only a few days after the East African country was rocked by a failed coup attempt.
The presidency said via Twitter that Emmanuel Ntahomvukiye has been named defense minister, replacing Pontien Gacubwenge.
The reshuffle also appointed Alain-Aimé Nyamitwe minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, replacing Laurent Kavakure.
Irina Inantore, meanwhile, replaced Marie-Rose Nizigiyimana as minister of commerce, industry and tourism.
The reshuffle comes only a few days after a group of army general staged a failed coup attempt against Nkurinziza while he was attending a regional summit in Tanzania.
Burundi has been rocked by protests since late April, when the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy named Nkurunziza – in power since 2005 – its candidate for June presidential polls.
Dozens have been killed in clashes since a wave of protests broke out in late April when Nkurunziza announced plans to seek a third term in office.
The country's opposition says Nkurunziza does not have the right to seek a third term, citing Burundi's constitution, which limits the number of terms a president can serve to two.
Burundi's Constitutional Court, however, has ruled that Nkurunziza's third-term bid would not violate the constitution.
The court ruled that, since he was elected in 2005 by parliament and not by the people, Nkurunziza's first stint in office should not be counted as a presidential term per se.
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