President Ndadaye's Day in Burundi in 2019

President Ndadaye's Day in Burundi in 2019
  How long until President Ndadaye's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 6 days.
  Dates of President Ndadaye's Day in Burundi
2021 Burundi Thu, Oct 21 National Holiday
2020 Burundi Wed, Oct 21 National Holiday
2019 Burundi Mon, Oct 21 National Holiday
2018 Burundi Sun, Oct 21 National Holiday
2017 Burundi Sat, Oct 21 National Holiday
  Summary
Marks the assassination of a Burundian intellectual and politician in 1993
  Local name
Jour de Ndadaye

When is President Ndadaye's Day?

President Ndadaye's Day is a public holiday in Burundi, observed on 21st October.

It marks the assassination of a Burundian intellectual and politician in 1993

History of President Ndadaye's Day

Melchoir Ndadaye was the first democratically elected and the first Hutu president of Burundi.

In 1993, in the first free elections after 26 years of military rule, Ndadaye won, polling around 66% of the vote.  He survived a coup attempt on 3 July, and was sworn in as President of Burundi on 10 July 1993.

Aged just 40, he was assassinated on 21 October 1993 during a failed military coup led by former president Jean-Baptiste Bagaza and Army Chief of Staff Col. Jean Bikomagu.

Ndadaye’s assassination was the spark that led to a decade-long civil war between the Tutsi and Hutu ethnic groups.

Today Ndadaye is remembered as the founding father of the country's democracy and remains a symbol of unity and reconciliation.

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