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Ethnic Power Switch in Burundi

A new president has been inaugurated in Burundi as head of the country’s transitional government. Domitien Ndayizaye, from the country’s majority Hutu population, has taken over from President Pierre Buyoya. Mr Buyoya is from the Tutsi minority group, which has traditionally held power in Burundi. It is the fourth time in 16 years that a Hutu president has been sworn in. Previous attempts at Hutu rule have ended in military take-overs. This transition is part of a peace deal which is supposed to lead to an end of the 10-year civil war in the country. But the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) rebels remain outside the peace agreement and have carried on fighting the war which has left 300,000 people dead. Full Story

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