Burundi's slimmed-down cabinet dominated by ex-regime hardliners
Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye has unveiled a slimmed-down cabinet of only 15 ministers, dominated by former regime hardliners such as the head of the feared intelligence service.
However Ndayishimiye, an army general handpicked 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 feared national intelligence services, was named interior minister.
Ndirakobuca was sanctioned in 2015 by the US for "silencing those opposed" to Nkurunziza's third term bid. He is also under sanctions from France and the European Union.
Burundi's ambassador to the United Nations, Albert Shingiro, has been appointed foreign minister.
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