Burundi says it will swear in president-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye on Thursday, June 18. The development comes a week after the death of outgoing Pierre Nkurunziza.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a note verbale invited heads of diplomatic missions to the event which is slated for the stade Ingoma in the capital, Gitega.

Ndayishimiye was originally supposed to be invested in August after winning May 20 polls which the opposition unsuccessfully contested in court.

The death of Nkurunziza created a vacuum which experts expected the speaker of the national assembly to occupy by cabinet last week.

The Constitutional Court ruled late last week that the president-elect be sworn in as soon as possible.

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