Burundian Court Clears President Elect Ndayishimiye to Take Office

The Constitutional Court in Burundi has cleared the country’s president elect Evariste Ndayishimiye to take oath and assume office immediately.

The Friday ruling will ensure much needed stability in the country which was recently rocked by the sudden death of its outgoing President, Pierre Nkurunziza.

His death sparked uncertainty with no clarity on who should be in charge of the nation.

According to the constitution, the speaker of the House is supposed to take over, but there has been uncertainty as to who is in charge as the national constitution did not provide clear guidance on succession under such circumstances.

Amid the uncertainty, the cabinet decided at an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the constitutional court should guide the country and “show modalities of filling the post.”

In its ruling today, the constitutional court directed that the President elect, Evariste Ndayishimiye should be sworn in immediately and that an interim president would not be necessary.

Ndayishimiye was due to take office in August this year.

President Nkurunziza passed away on Tuesday this week aged 55. Government said he succumbed to cardiac arrest.


Authorities have not yet announced a date for Nkurunziza’s burial.

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