Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, has been sworn-in for the third time in row.
“Just now, President Pierre Nkurunziza has been sworn in for a new five-year term,” the Burundi presidency confirmed in a tweet.
The Swearing-in ceremony of the president of the republic of Burundi for the mandate of 2015 to 2020 kicked off Thursday morning at 9hr in the capital Bujumbura in front of the two chambers of Parliament.
Mgr Anatole Rugerinyange (Catholic), Sheikh Sadiki Kajandi (Islam) and Bishop Bernard Ntahoturi (Protestant) have in turn prayed for Pierre Nkurunziza as president of the Republic for the term 2015-2020.
Nkurunziza wins “unfair polls”
In the July elections boycotted by most political parties, Nkurunziza emerged winner with about 70% of the total result.
The European Union and United States denounced the elections as not credible with EU’s foreign policy chief saying Brussels and Washington would impose sanctions.
Six government officials were be targeted with asset freezes and travel bans.
Weeks of protests in which demonstrators clashed with police preceded the June 29 parliamentary election, while explosions and gunfire erupted in Bujumbura before the presidential vote.
The government says the elections were fair and accuses the opposition of stoking tensions.
Yet the East African Election Observer Mission in its report said Burundi elections were not free or fair, not credible, not peaceful and not transparent.
The opposition and international community still say a third term violated the Arusha accords that had brought the 1993-2006 civil war to an end.
More death, more violence
As Burundi prepared for the Thursday swearing in ceremony, gunmen raided a bar in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura on Wednesday and sprayed four men with bullets.
“Unidentified gunmen entered and shot them,” a police spokesman, Pierre Nkurikiye, told AFP.
Residents of Musaga, a largely opposition district where the killings took place late on Tuesday, said the men were accused of being police informers.
The killings followed police raids in Musaga earlier on Tuesday in which “a large quantity” of guns were seized, Nkurikiye said, adding “witnesses said that these people had been accused of having informed the police.”
Last week, gunmen shot dead Colonel Jean Bikomagu, a key figure in the former Tutsi-dominated army.
Last month, top general Adolphe Nshimirimana — widely seen as the country’s de-facto internal security chief — was killed in a rocket attack.
The day after the general’s killing, civil rights activist Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, who had repeatedly accused Nshimirimana of ordering the deaths of government opponents, was himself wounded in an assassination attempt.
Pierre Nkurunziza (born 18 December 1963) is a Burundian politician who has been President of Burundi since 2005.
He was the Chairman of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), the ruling party, until he was elected as President of Burundi.
In 2015, Nkurunziza was controversially nominated by his party for a third term in office.
Supporters and opponents of Nkurunziza disagreed as to whether it was legal for him to run again, and protests followed.
On 13 May 2015, a coup attempt against Nkurunziza occurred while he was out of the country; the coup leader, Godefroid Niyombare, claimed to have ousted Nkurunziza, although Nkurunziza loyalists disputed the claim.
Facing resistance from Nkurunziza loyalists, the coup collapsed and forces loyal to Nkurunziza appeared to be back in full control by 15 May.
More than two months of anti-Nkurunziza protests, which have often been violently repressed, have left at least 100 dead since late April.
Independent media has been shut down and many opponents have fled – joining an exodus of more than 150,000 Burundians who fear Nkurunziza’s regime repression.