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Parliament Approves Power-Sharing Deal

Burundi’s Parliament has approved the power sharing agreement signed on 8 October between the transitional government and the country’s largest rebel group, the Conseil national pour la defense de la democratie-Forces de defense de la democratie (CNDD-FDD) led by Pierre Nkurunziza, the Burundian news agency, ABP, reported. The agency said the transitional National Assembly approved on Wednesday all the agreement’s provisions and pledged to contribute to its implementation. While calling on the government to deal with all outstanding issues, the national assembly at the same time welcomed the suspension of hostilities by combatants in most parts of the country, ABP reported. The parliamentary approval gives President Domitien Ndayizeye the authority to implement in its entirety the agreement signed in Pretoria, subject to the provisions of the Arusha accord of the year 2000 and the transitional constitution, ABP reported. Meanwhile, the EU parliament has adopted a resolution, drawn-up by its committee on development and cooperation on human rights violations, to show respect for the rule of law in Burundi. Full Story

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