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More ministers quit as ruling party goes through crisis

Bujumbura, Burundi - More ministers have resigned from the Burundian government as the ruling party, Unity for National Progress (UPROMA), continues to wade through some internal crisis.

PANA reports that the latest minister to resign was the Trade Industry and Tourism Minister Mrs. Victoire Ndikumna, who quit Wednesday in solidarity with the first Vice-President in charge of political, security and administrative matters, Bernard Busokoza, who was sacked Saturday by President Pierre Nkurunziza for alleged 'partisan conduct on public affairs'

The Communal Development and Communications ministers, all from the ruling party, have also resigned from their posts.

PANA reported that the UPRONA is currently going through a serious internal crises that have had immediate repercussions on the normal functioning of the institutions in which the party works together with the National Council for the Defence of Democracy and the Democratic Defence Forces (CNDD-FDD).

Analysts say governance is moving at a slow pace, as politicians hope that things will become normal again including the possibility of the nomination of a new Vice-President of the Republic.

In the meantime, the head of the Cabinet of the Vice-President Anicet Niyongabo, has been charged by President Nkurunziza to sort out the crisis.

Pana 06/02/2014