Jean-Baptiste Bagaza

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Jean-Baptiste Bagaza
2nd President of Burundi
In office
10 November 1976 – 3 September 1987
Prime Minister Édouard Nzambimana (1976–1978)
Preceded by Michel Micombero
Succeeded by Pierre Buyoya
Personal details
Born (1946-08-29)29 August 1946[1][2]
southern Urundi[3]
Died 4 May 2016(2016-05-04) (aged 69)
Brussels, Belgium
Political party Union for National Progress (UPRONA)

Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza (29 August 1946 – 4 May 2016) was a Burundian politician who was Chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Council in Burundi until November 10, 1976, and President from November 10, 1976 to September 3, 1987. While traveling abroad, Bagaza was deposed in a military coup d'état.[2] He was replaced as president by Pierre Buyoya, and went into exile in Uganda and later went to Libya,[4] where he lived until 1993.

From 1994 until his death, he led the Party for National Recovery (PARENA). He was a Senator for life as a former head of state.[5][6] He died in Brussels, Belgium on 4 May 2016 at the age of 69.[2][7] and was buried in Bujumbura on May 17.


  1. ^ The World Almanac & Book of Facts 1987. Newspaper Enterprise Association. 1987. p. 555. 
  2. ^ a b c Chan, Sewell (2016-05-04). "Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, Deposed Leader of a Troubled Burundi, Is Dead at 69". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-05-04. 
  3. ^ Applah, Kwame Anthony; Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., eds. (2010). Encyclopedia of Africa, Volume 1 Abacha, Sani—Kilimanjaro. Oxford University Press. p. 146. ISBN 9780195337709. Retrieved 2016-05-05. Bagaza was born into a family of the ethnic Tutsi-Hima people in southern Urundi, now Burundi 
  4. ^ Europa Publications (2004). Africa South of the Sahara 2004. Routledge. p. 135. ISBN 1-85743-183-9. 
  5. ^ "POST TRANSITION SENATORS' LIST" Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Burundian Senate website (French).
  6. ^ "The Senate composition" Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Burundian Senate website (French).
  7. ^ "Burundi : l'ancien président Jean-Baptiste Bagaza est mort". Le Monde (in French). 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Michel Micombero
President of Burundi
Succeeded by
Pierre Buyoya