List of presidents of Burundi

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President of the
Republic of Burundi
Coat of arms of Burundi.svg
Evariste Ndayishimiye (cropped).jpg
Évariste Ndayishimiye

since 18 June 2020
Term length 7 years, limited to two terms. [lower-alpha 1]
Inaugural holder Michel Micombero
Formation28 November 1966
Deputy Vice-President of Burundi
Website Official Website

This article lists the presidents of Burundi since the formation of the post of President of Burundi in 1966 (following the November coup d'état), to the present day.


A total of nine people have served as President of Burundi (not counting one acting president and one head of state in rebellion). Additionally, one person, Pierre Buyoya, served on two non-consecutive occasions.

The current president of Burundi is Évariste Ndayishimiye, since 18 June 2020.


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List of officeholders

ElectedTerm of office Ethnic group Political party Prime minister(s)
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
1 No image.png Michel Micombero
28 November 19661 November 1976
( deposed.)
9 years, 339 days Tutsi Military /
2 Visit of Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, President and Minister for Defence of Brurundi, to the CEC (cropped).tif Jean-Baptiste Bagaza
[lower-alpha 2]
1984 1 November 19763 September 1987
( deposed.)
10 years, 306 daysTutsi Military /
3 Pierre Buyoya at Chatham House 2013 crop.jpg Pierre Buyoya
[lower-alpha 3]
3 September 198710 July 19935 years, 310 daysTutsi Military /
4 Melchior Ndadaye.png Melchior Ndadaye
1993 10 July 199321 October 1993
( assassinated.)
103 days Hutu FRODEBU Kinigi
No image.png François Ngeze
(born 1953)
[lower-alpha 4]
21 October 199327 October 19936 daysHutu Military /
Sylvie Kinigi at Bujumbura airport, 1993.jpg Sylvie Kinigi
(born 1953)
[lower-alpha 5]
27 October 19935 February 1994101 daysTutsi UPRONA Herself
5 Cyprien Ntaryamira at a FRODEBU rally.jpg Cyprien Ntaryamira
5 February 19946 April 1994
( assassinated.)
60 daysHutu FRODEBU Kinigi
6 Visit of Sylvestre Ntibantunganya, President of Burundi, to the EC (cropped).jpg Sylvestre Ntibantunganya
(born 1956)
6 April 19941 October 19942 years, 110 daysHutu FRODEBU Kanyenkiko
1 October 199425 July 1996
( deposed.)
(3) Pierre Buyoya at Chatham House 2013 crop.jpg Pierre Buyoya
25 July 199611 June 19986 years, 279 daysTutsi UPRONA Ndimira
11 June 199830 April 2003Position abolished
7 Domitien Ndayizeye, President of Burundi.jpg Domitien Ndayizeye
(born 1953)
30 April 200326 August 20052 years, 118 daysHutu FRODEBU
8 President Nkurunziza of Burundi (6920275109) (cropped).jpg Pierre Nkurunziza
26 August 20058 June 2020
( died in office.) [3]
14 years, 287 daysHutu CNDD–FDD
9 Evariste Ndayishimiye (cropped).jpg Évariste Ndayishimiye
(born 1968)
2020 18 June 2020 [4] Incumbent1 year, 137 daysHutu CNDD–FDD Bunyoni


Évariste NdayishimiyePierre NkurunzizaDomitien NdayizeyeSylvestre NtibantunganyaCyprien NtaryamiraSylvie KinigiFrançois NgezeMelchior NdadayePierre BuyoyaJean-Baptiste BagazaMichel MicomberoList of presidents of Burundi

See also


  1. However, Nkurunziza was elected for a third term, as the Constitutional Court considered his that first, indirectly elected term, did not count towards the limit. [1]
  2. Styled as Chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Council until 10 November 1976.
  3. Styled as Chairman of the Military Committee of National Salvation until 9 September 1987.
  4. Styled as Chairman of the Committee of Public Salvation; in rebellion.
  5. On 8 November 1993 the Constitutional Court ruled that "the government acting collegially" assumed the responsibilities of the interim presidency until a new president could be elected. [2]

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