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This Wednesday, February 19, in Bujumbura, the National Assembly adopted the bill establishing the status of ‘Supreme Leader’ despite s opposition critics.

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According to a communiqué issued by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner on February 20, the UN experts strongly criticized the two and a half year jail sentence handed down against four Burundian journalists.

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Consolate Havyarimana, 45, was shot dead in front of her house in Kizingwe locality, Kanyosha area in Muha commune in the south of Bujumbura.

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Four political parties namely CDP, RANAC, PAJUDE and FEDS have coalesced into “Kira Burundi” for the 2020 elections. Aloys Baricako, chairman of the coalition says they want to join forces to win the forthcoming elections.

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“The price of cherry coffee A has increased from BIF 500 to BIF 550 per Kg while cherry coffee B increases from BIF 250 to BIF 275 per Kg “said Déo Guide Rurema, Minister of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, at the official launch of the 2020-2021 Coffee Campaign.

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“We would like to warn speculative traders about stealing food production in order to sell it at an exorbitant price in neighboring countries”, said Déo-Guide Rurema, Minister of Agriculture at a press conference on the production of the season crop A held on 19 February.

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Members of the National Assembly have analyzed and approved a draft bill governing the ranking of President Pierre Nkurunziza as a ‘Guide of Patriotism’ despite controversial discussions, this 19 February.

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Members of the National Assembly have analyzed and approved a draft bill governing the ranking of President Pierre Nkurunziza as a ‘Guide Supreme of Patriotism’ despite controversial discussions, this 19 February.

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Members of the National Assembly have analyzed and approved a draft bill governing the ranking of President Pierre Nkurunziza as a ‘Supreme Guide of Patriotism’ despite controversial discussions, this 19 February.

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has given this 18 February a master plan for developing drinking water supply in Bujumbura until 2030 to the Burundian company that distributes water and electricity (REGIDESO).

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At least seventeen political parties, one coalition and nine independent candidates for this year’s elections have participated in the draw for the serial numbers of the badges to be put on the ballot paper for the 2020 elections this February 18.

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All currency exchange offices have been closed since February 15 following the measure taken on 11 February by Jean Ciza, Governor of Burundi Central Bank.

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At a press conference held this February 17, Li Changlin, Chinese Ambassador to Burundi has recommended Burundian students in China who are on holidays in their country to limit their outings and avoid participating in rallies.

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The imprisonment of Junior Nganjiyimana and his mother Aline Ndikumana has provoked uproar since the past few days. Their friends and relatives say the two were imprisoned in place of Théogene Ndikumana, the head of the family, after a search in which weapons were found.

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Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission-CVR says the applicants of testimonies of what happened in 1972 have expressed their wishes to be morally and financially supported by the State.

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“I have just worked for more than 5 years without being paid. I preferred to work as a volunteer to avoid staying idle,” says a young journalist working for a community radio station operating in Gitega province in central Burundi on the occasion of the celebration of the World Radio Day this 13 February.

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Residents of the northern neighborhoods of the economic capital Bujumbura express their worries over rubbish accumulated in their households and in public places.

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Gabriel Rufyiri, Chairman of a corruption watchdog-OLUCOME says the decision taken by the Burundi Central Bank-BRB doesn’t provide any solution to the problem of the lack of foreign currencies in Burundi.

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On the occasion of the celebration of the World Day of the Sick this Tuesday 11 February, the Burundian association fighting for patients’ rights (CEMABU) has said it deplores the behavior of some public hospital officials who refuse to provide health care to holders of Medical Assistance Card (CAM).

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Jean Prosper Niyoboke, expert in economy says the decision taken by Burundi Central Bank to close all foreign currency offices will have no impact on the Burundian economy if the government is ready to supply enough foreign currencies as the forex offices did to satisfy their clients.

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A video showing swarms of locusts lying on trees has been aired on social media. The video producers made people believe that migratory locusts that are destroying crops in some East African countries namely Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia appeared in Gakungwe area in Kabezi commune of Bujumbura province in the southwest of Burundi.

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Jean Ciza, Governor of Burundi Central Bank says foreign currency exchange offices didn’t respect the rules set for foreign exchange rate. “The foreign currency dealers bought dollars but they rarely supplied them to the clients,” says Mr.

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In an interview with Iwacu, the former Burundi President Domitien Ndayizeye expresses himself on the issues of the moment in the country.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission held on 7 February a meeting with representatives of political parties as well as independents who will participate in the upcoming elections scheduled for May 2020.

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On Thursday 30 January, the long-awaited verdict for Agnès, Christine, Egide, Térence and their driver Adolphe, was rendered. These four media professionals were sentenced to two years and 6 months in prison.

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