Agathon Rwasa

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Agathon Rwasa
Personal details
Born January 1964
Ngozi Province, Burundi
Nationality Burundian
Political party National Liberation Forces

Agathon Rwasa is a Burundian politician and the leader of the National Liberation Forces (Forces pour la Libération Nationale, FNL). He was a Hutu militia leader during the Burundi Civil War.

Rwasa was reported to be a Born-again Christian.[1]

The FNL has also been accused of using hundreds of child soldiers, and for killing and maiming women, children and babies.[2][3]

In September 2006 the FNL signed a peace deal with the government.[4]

In June 2010, Rwasa went into hiding, claiming he was facing arrest for allegedly destabilising the country following district elections. However, Burundi's attorney general stated that there is no warrant out for Rwasa.[5]

In July 2015, he was elected as the deputy speaker of the Parliament of Burundi.[6]

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  1. ^ Young lions of the African Century, ANC, 2004-08-20, accessed on 2007-07-07
  2. ^ Developments in Burundi Archived July 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Office of the UN Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict, 2006-11-06
  3. ^ "U.N. Demands Justice After Massacre of 150 Refugees in Burundi". The New York Times. 2004-08-16. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  4. ^ Burundi govt, FNL sign ceasefire agreement, SABC, 2006-09-07, accessed on 2007-07-07
  5. ^ Burundi opposition leader in hiding . English Al Jazeera. 30 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Burundi's opposition leader Rwasa becomes deputy speaker". BBC News. 30 July 2015. 

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