Former President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated President Evariste Ndayishimiye who has just been sworn in as Burundi’s ninth President.
Evariste Ndayishimiye was sworn in as Burundi’s new president on Thursday, a week after the sudden death of outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza.
In a statement, Jonathan said;
“I congratulate His Excellency President Evariste Ndayishimiye who has just been sworn in as Burundi’s ninth President. I extend my sincere felicitations to him and the good people of the Republic of Burundi for this seamless transition.
“As I join other good-spirited Africans to wish him a successful reign, I urge him to give this task of leading his people his best shot to be able to deliver peace and the dividends of democracy to the people of his country.”
Ndayishimiye was originally scheduled to be sworn into office in August, but the Constitutional Court ruled last week that Ndayishimiye’s swearing in should take place as soon as possible following the death of his predecessor.
Ndayishimiye became Burundi’s new leader by securing just over 68 percent of the vote in the May election.
Ndayishimiye, who was handpicked by the ruling CNDD-FDD party to succeed Nkurunziza, will serve a seven year term, pending a reelection.