General Evariste Ndayishimiye, the newly elected President of Burundi has assumed office, taking over from the deceased former President Pierre Nkurunziza
Ndayishimiye swore to defend and protect Burundi’s unity and security in front of thousands in the capital Bujumbura.
His inauguration was premature as it was not due until August.
However, the passing of President Nkurunziza prompted the country’s Constitutional Court to allow him take oath immediately.
Shortly after his inauguration, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda took to social media to congratulate the new leader in the region.
Museveni further described Ndayishimiye’s election last month as a “clear manifestation of the level of trust and confidence the people of Burundi have in the new President and his party.
“I also thank the people of Burundi for being peaceful during and after the election.”
Museveni committed to further Burundi’s relations with Uganda under the new leadership.
“On my own behalf and that of Ugandans, I wish you a successful tenure in office as well as the continued peace, progress and prosperity of Burundi. We also look to working closely with you to strengthen bilateral ties of our two countries,” he said.