Burundi

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INFORMATION

Capital: Bujumbura

Government: Presidential Republic

Current President: Pierre Nkurunziza

Economy:

  • Predominately agricultural.
  • Agriculture accounts for just over 30% of GDP and employs more than 90% of the population.
  • Primary exports are coffee and tea.

Population: 11,844,520 (2018)

Land Size: 27,834 sq km (10,747 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Hutu: 85%
  • Tutsi: 14%
  • Twa: 1%
Religions:

  • Christian: 67% (Roman Catholic: 62%, Protestant: 5%)
  • Indigenous beliefs: 23%
  • Muslim: 10%

Language(s):

  • Kirundi (official)
  • French (official)
  • Swahili (along Lake Tanganyika and in the Bujumbura area)

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RECENT NEWS

  • Mon - Jun 3, 2019: Armed Groups in Eastern DR Congo Threaten Efforts to Build Peace - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [ISS] Veteran Algerian diplomat Said Djinnit recently stepped down as United Nations Special Envoy to the Great Lakes (UNSEGL). PSC Report asked him about the situation in the region and the role of African Union (AU) institutions such as the Peace and Security Council and regional economic communities.
  • Fri - May 17, 2019: EALA Lawmakers Urge EU to Lift Burundi Sanctions - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [Citizen] Arusha -Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) have castigated the economic sanctions against Burundi and called for immediate lifting of the blockade.