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Burundian rebels commit to peace

File photo of Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, June 2008
Pierre Nkurunziza came to power under a deal to end ethnic conflict

Burundi's government and the last active rebel group say they have agreed to implement a 2006 peace deal.

The Palipehutu National Liberation Front (FNL) promised to move its fighters into demobilisation camps and disarm by the end of this month.

The rebel group also agreed to change its name, removing a controversial reference to the Hutu ethnic group.

In return, the government said it would free rebel prisoners and create government posts for rebel leaders.

The Palipehutu-FNL is the last of the rebel groups still active in Burundi following the civil war of the 1990s, in which around 300,000 people were killed.

Ex-rebel Pierre Nkurunziza was elected president in 2005 under a deal to end years of conflict between the Tutsi army and Hutu rebels.

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