Burundi’s president-elect to take power immediately after death of former leader

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Burundi’s constitutional court has agreed that president-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye should be sworn in immediately following the death of former leader Pierre Nkurunziza, the government said in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday.

The constitution provides for the speaker of parliament to take over in such a situation. The court ruled, however, that “the interim period is not necessary and that … Ndayishimiye must be sworn in as soon as possible”, the government said.

Reporting by Nairobi Newsroom; writing by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Catherine Evans