Burundi parliament approves new Vice President

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PANA

Bujumbura, Burundi- The Burundi Parliament has approved the candidacy of Bernard Busoko as the nation’s Vice President, following the forced resignation of former VP Terence Sinunguruza due to the pressure from his own party, the Unity for National Progress (UPRONA), official sources told PANA here Thursday.

Busoko’s candidacy had been approved by UPRONA, which is in coalition with the ruling CNDD-FDD, paving the way for his approval by parliament on Wednesday.

UPRONA had accused the former VP of placing his own interest before that of his party.

The political arrangement in the country makes provision for the VP to come from an ethnic group other than that of the President.

President Pierre Nkurunziza belongs to the northern Hutu community while Busoko is of Tutsi extraction.

The new VP is expected to be sworn into office soon.

In Burundi, the VP is tasked with handling economic and social issues.