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. Sibomana, governor of Burundi’s central province of Muravya, is the first prime minister to be appointed in the former Belgian colony in Central Africa since 1978 and the first Hutu prime minister since 1965. Burundi’s government has been dominated since independence in 1962 by the country’s minority Tutsi tribe.
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