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Alain Aime Burundi Emmanuel Ntahonvukiye Irina Inantore Laurent Kavakure Pontian Gaciyubwenge Virginia Ciza

Purges cabinet

18 May, 2015

President Nkurunziza purges his cabinet, while protesters are warned that they will be treated as accomplices of the rebel generals who staged the coup. Defence Minister Gaciyubwenge is replaced by Ntahonvukiye, a lawyer who becomes the first civilian defence chief in 50 years. Foreign Minister Kavakure is replaced by Aime, a former ambassador to the African Union; while Trade Minister Ciza is replaced by Inantore. Spokesperson:

The president has powers under the constitution, including being able to change the government, He believes that the time has come and it is up to his discretion.