Evariste Ndayishimiye has been was sworn in as the new president of Burundi after the sudden death of his predecessor, Pierre Nkurunziza. The 52-year-old was sworn in on Thursday at the Ingoma stadium in the capital city, Gitegay. Before taking the oath, Ndayishimiye knelt surrounded by the leaders of the Catholic, Anglican, evangelical and Muslim faiths, who prayed for him.
“Understand that you are a son of God and as such must bring peace among Burundians, you know how much we need it,” “Bring back to our country the refugees in the camps, bring back the intellectuals in exile so that they can take part in the development of our country, renew ties with the international community so they can help us develop,”said the Catholic archbishop of Gitega, Simon Ntamwana. The new president promised to serve the people and continue to fight for national unity and progress of the nation.