Currently alive, at 69 years of age.
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1949 – Born on November 24th in Rutovu. Burundian Tutsi army officer, politician, and reformer.
– He received his undergraduate degree at the Brussels Military Academy and continued his postgraduate studies at the école d’Application des Troupes Blindées, école des Capitaines et école d’état-Major in Saumur, France, and the Fuehrungsakademie der Bundeswehr in Hamburg, Germany.
1987 – The crisis in church-state relations was the critical factor behind Maj. Pierre Buyoya’s decision to overthrow the Second Republic in September and proclaim a Third Republic.
– The president of Burundi, who came to power through military coups.
– In the interim between his presidential terms, he created and served as head of the Foundation for Unity, Peace, and Democracy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to studying the institutional judicial and security systems of Burundi, studying issues related to peace and reconciliation in Burundi, and to further education and aid orphan children in Burundi.
1993 – He organized democratic elections and peacefully ceded power
1996 – Served his second term as president of Burundi.
– He was reinstalled by Tutsi-led army coup.
1998 – Mr. Buyoya is the author of Mission Possible (Paris: L’Harmattan).