Former president of Burundi (2003-2005).
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Mr Ndayizeye is the seventh Burundi president and fourth Hutu president since independence in 1961. His three Hutu predecessors were all overthrown by the military. He is also vice-chairman of the main Hutu party, the Hutu Front for Democracy in Burundi (Frodebu).
As a graduate of engineering, Mr Ndayizeye left Belgium in 1981 and moved to Rwanda. Between 1982 and 1994 he held a senior position in NAHV-Rwanda/Burundi, a Dutch company selling Peugeot vehicles.
In 1993 he returned to Burundi, after Frodebu won multi-party elections. He was eventually appointed to senior positions in the National Security and Migration department.
In 1995 he was arrested and jailed in Bujumbura central prison on charges of distributing arms to rebels. Many Tutsis believed him to be a rebel leader, while his Hutu colleagues insist he was a victim of persecution. He was released in 1996, rearrested in 1997, then released again after President Buyoya's government came under national and international pressure to free political detainees.
(At a Glance)
Date of Birth: May/2/1953
Place of Origin: Burundi
Ndayizeye was born in 1953 to a peasant family in the province of Kayanza. In 1972, Ndayizeye fled to Belgium while the Tutsi-dominated military carried out a massive repression of a Hutu insurgency.There he became active in politics, joining the
Hutu Diaspora Movement.
Under his presidency, Ndayizeye tried to bridge the gap between the Hutu and the minority Tutsi people of Burundi through peace agreements and partnerships with neighboring countries and political leaders.