Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye has unveiled a slim cabinet of only 15 ministers, dominated by the hard lines of previous regimes as the head of the dreaded intelligence service.
Ndayishimiye took office earlier this month following the sudden death of veteran leader Pierre Nkurunziza. Many Burundians had hoped for a new era after years of abuse of rights, oppression and violence.
But Ndayishimiye, an army General hand-picked by the ruling party to succeed Nkurunziza, has placed some of the regime’s most controversial characters in his government, in the cabinet announced on Sunday.
According to an announcement on national television, Gervais Ndirakobuca, head of the dreaded national intelligence service, was appointed Minister of the Interior.
Ndirakobuca was sanctioned by the United States in 2015 for “silencing those who opposed” Nkurunziza’s third bid. He is also under sanctions from France and the European Union.
Burundi ambassador to the UN, Albert Shingiro, has been appointed Foreign Minister.