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Subject: Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, Pierre Buyoya, List of heads of government of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, Melchior Ndadaye
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List of Presidents of Burundi

President of the
Republic of Burundi
Pierre Nkurunziza

since 26 August 2005
Term length 5 years, limited to two terms.[1][2]
Inaugural holder Michel Micombero
Formation 28 November 1966
Deputy Vice-President of Burundi
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Foreign relations

This is a list of Presidents of Burundi since the formation of the post of President of Burundi in 1966, to the present day.

A total of eight people have served as President of Burundi (not counting one Acting President and two heads of state in rebellion). Additionally, one person, Pierre Buyoya, has served on two non-consecutive occasions.


  • Presidents of Burundi 1
  • Latest election 2
  • See also 3
  • Footnotes 4
  • External links 5

Presidents of Burundi

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

  Denotes Acting President
President Term of office Political party
Portrait Name
Ethnicity Took office Left office Duration
1 Michel Micombero
Tutsi 28 November 1966 1 November 1976
9 years, 339 days Military /
Union for National Progress
2 Jean-Baptiste Bagaza
Tutsi 1 November 1976 3 September 1987
10 years, 306 days Military /
Union for National Progress
3 Pierre Buyoya
Tutsi 3 September 1987 10 July 1993 5 years, 310 days Military /
Union for National Progress
4 Melchior Ndadaye
Hutu 10 July 1993 21 October 1993
103 days Front for Democracy in Burundi
François Ngeze
Hutu 21 October 1993 27 October 1993 6 days Military /
Union for National Progress
Sylvie Kinigi
Tutsi 27 October 1993 5 February 1994 101 days Union for National Progress
5 Cyprien Ntaryamira
Hutu 5 February 1994 6 April 1994
60 days Front for Democracy in Burundi
6 Sylvestre Ntibantunganya
Hutu 6 April 1994 1 October 1994 2 years, 110 days Front for Democracy in Burundi
1 October 1994 25 July 1996
(3) Pierre Buyoya
Tutsi 25 July 1996 11 June 1998 6 years, 279 days Union for National Progress
11 June 1998 30 April 2003
7 Domitien Ndayizeye
Hutu 30 April 2003 26 August 2005 2 years, 118 days Front for Democracy in Burundi
8 Pierre Nkurunziza
Hutu 26 August 2005 Incumbent 10 years, 325 days National Council for the Defense of Democracy – Forces for the Defense of Democracy
Godefroid Niyombare
Hutu 13 May 2015 15 May 2015 2 days Military

Latest election

Candidate Party Votes %
Pierre Nkurunziza CNDD–FDD 1,961,510 69.41
Agathon Rwasa National Forces of Liberation 536,625 18.99
Gerard Nduwayo UPRONA 60,380 2.14
Jean Minani FRODEBU-Nyakuri 38,554 1.36
Jacques Bigirimana FNL 28,609 1.01
Domitien Ndayizeye RANAC 19,996 0.71
Jean De Dieu Mutabazi COPA 4,436 0.16
Sylvestre Ntibantungaya Gira Ijambo 3,952 0.14
Invalid 103,420 3.66
Abstain 68,590 2.43
Total 2,826,072 100
Registered voters/turnout 73.44
Source: Reuters

See also


  1. ^ However the incumbent has just been elected for a third term
  2. ^
  3. ^ Styled as Chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Council until 10 November 1976
  4. ^ Styled as Chairman of the Military Committee of National Salvation until 9 September 1987
  5. ^ Styled as Chairman of the Committee of Public Salvation, in rebellion
  6. ^ Styled as Head of Transitional Committee, in rebellion during the 2015 coup d'état attempt

External links

  • World Statesmen – Burundi
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