October 20, 1988
Burundi named Adrien Sibomana, a member of the majority Hutu tribe, as its new prime minister. The appointment follows pledges by President Pierre Buyoya that he would work toward restoration of national unity after thousands of people, mostly Hutu, were killed by rival Tutsi tribesmen in August.
January 29, 1990 |
President Pierre Buyoya left Sunday for Washington on his first trip to the United States since taking power in this small African nation in a coup in 1987. He is expected to meet President Bush and other U.S. officials, Burundian officials said.
July 25, 1996 |
Hours after he was attacked by stone-throwing mourners at a funeral for victims of a massacre, Burundi's president took refuge at the U.S. ambassador's residence here and urged his compatriots Wednesday to resist attempts by others to seize power in this country riven by civil war and ethnic bloodshed.
July 26, 1996 |
The Tutsi-led army defied world leaders and carried out a successful coup Thursday, sealing this embattled country's borders and installing an ethnic Tutsi to replace the Hutu president who is still under the protection of the U.S. ambassador here.
July 24, 1996 |
Angry crowds stoned the helicopter of Burundi's Hutu president, Sylvestre Ntibantunganya, as he tried to attend the mass funeral of 304 members of the minority Tutsi tribe slain over the weekend. Ntibantunganya, whose two predecessors were assassinated, had to abandon plans to attend the mass funeral in Burundi's central region and flew to safety. An aide said Ntibantunganya was unhurt. Meanwhile, the U.N.
July 29, 1996 |
Three days after seizing power in a coup, Burundi's military-backed strongman appealed Sunday for reconciliation between warring Hutus and Tutsis in the country and called for a "political dialogue" to negotiate peace.