BUJUMBURA, 25 January 2021 – Burundi’s governing party, CNDD-FDD, on Sunday elected Reverien Ndikuriyo to take over the role of secretary-general, the party’s top job.

The CNDD-FDD is short for National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD).

Reverien Ndikuriyo Takes Oath of Office - Photo Le Canape

Reverien Ndikuriyo Takes Oath of Office – Photo Le Canape

Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye

Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye

Seen as a regime hardliner, Ndikuriyo’s election and swearing into office was held in the political capital Gitega, Gitega province, central Burundi.

Ndikuriyo takes over from Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishiniye, who was elected to the position in 2016.

He stepped down from the position in May 2020 after being elected president of the republic.

Upon being sworn into office, Ndikuriyo thanked CNDD-FDD party faithful for their trust in him.

He called on Burundians to line up in support of the development programs and policies of President Ndayishimiye, notably in support of his campaign to curb poverty, improve security and consolidate peace.

In a celebratory tweet posted on his twitter handle Sunday, Ndikuriyo thanked the president of Burundi, referring to him as “companion” and promised CNDD-FDD members that he “will not betray” the ruling party.

Ndikuriyo was once the governor of Makamba province before he became the President of Burundi’s Senate from 2015 to 2020.

He currently serves as a senator.

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