Sylvestre Ntibantunganya

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Sylvestre Ntibantunganya
6th President of Burundi
In office
6 April 1994 – 25 July 1996
Prime MinisterAnatole Kanyenkiko (1994–1995)
Antoine Nduwayo (1995–1996)
Succeeded byPierre Buyoya
Personal details
Born (1956-05-08) 8 May 1956 (age 63)
Gishubi, Gitega, Burundi
Political partyFront for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU)

Sylvestre Ntibantunganya (born 8 May 1956) is a Burundi politician. He was Speaker of the National Assembly of Burundi from December 1993 to 1 October 1994[1], and President of Burundi from 6 April 1994 to 25 July 1996 (interim to October 1994).


Ntibantunganya was born in Gishubi, Gitega, and is an ethnic Hutu. He served as foreign minister briefly during 1993.

He came into office when the previous president, Cyprien Ntaryamira, was killed in a plane crash (an assassination in which the Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana was also killed). Ntibantunganya left office when he was deposed by Pierre Buyoya in a military coup in 1996.

Ntibantunganya is a Senator for life as a former head of state.[2]


  1. ^ "HISTORIQUE - Assemblée Nationale du Burundi".
  2. ^ "The Senate composition" Archived 2012-12-16 at the Wayback Machine, Burundian Senate website ‹See Tfd›(in French).
Political offices
Preceded by
Cyprien Ntaryamira
President of Burundi
Succeeded by
Pierre Buyoya