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Burundi appoints business leaders
Pierre Nkurunziza
Pierre Nkurunziza came to power last year
Burundi has appointed a new central bank governor along with several heads of public companies to help revive the country's war-torn economy.

President Pierre Nkurunziza has named Gabriel Ntisezerana, previously head of the National Development bank, as the new governor of Burundi's central bank.

The state's economy has been shattered by war between former Hutu rebels and an army led by the Tutsi minority.

The 12-year war claimed the lives of 250,000 people, most of them civilians.

President Nkurunziza was elected to lead the country last August after his former Hutu rebel group - the Forces for the Defence of Democracy - won elections.

As well as the central bank appointment, Mr Nkurunziza has appointed managers and boards of directors for several state-owned and state-run companies.

The firms include the Burundi National Social Security, the National Development Bank, the country's postal and telecoms companies and its water and electricity utilities.

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