Burundi President Sacks PM After Warning Of Coup Plot

Burundi President Sacks PM After Warning Of Coup Plot
H.E. Evariste Ndayishimiye



Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye sacked his prime minister and a top aide in a high-level purge Wednesday after warning of a "coup" plot against him. The former army general replaced Alain Guillaume Bunyoni and civilian chief of staff General Gabriel Nizigama. At a hastily called parliamentary session,


lawmakers approved the appointment of security minister Gervais Ndirakobuca to replace Bunyoni in a unanimous 113-0 vote, the national broadcaster said. Ndayishimiye, who has been in power for just over two years, gave no reasons for Bunyoni's dismissal, but last week warned of a coup plot. Do you think an army



general can be threatened by saying they will make a coup? Who is that person? Whoever it is should come and, in the name of God, I will defeat him, Ndayishimiye had warned at a meeting of government officials on Friday in the political capital Gitega. The fate of Bunyoni, a former police chief and security minister who has long



been a senior figure in the ruling CNDD-FDD party, was not immediately known. Ndayishimiye's new chief of staff - a post sometimes described as a super prime minister - is Colonel Aloys Sindayihebura, who was in charge of domestic intelligence within the National Intelligence Service.