Ndayishimye will serve as the ninth president of Burundi.
Evariste Ndayishimye was born in 1968 in Giheta, Gitega province in Burundi.
He is reported to be a ‘’fervent’’ Catholic.
Also known as ‘’Neva’’, Ndayishimye has six children.
He began studies in Law at the University of Bujumbura but this was cut short when Hutu students were massacred as part of the inter-ethnic violence which accompanied the Burundian Civil War (1993-2005).
He fled and joined the moderate rebel National council for the Defence of Democracy – Forces for the Defense of Democracy (Conseil National Pour la Défense de la Démocratie – Forces pour la Défense de la Démocratie, CNDD–FDD).
He became chief of staff of the Burundian Army in 2003 after a series of agreements paved the way for the CNDD-FDD to enter national politics as a political party.
He served as Minister of the interior and public security from 2006 to 2007 before becoming the personal military aide (chef de cabinet militaire) to Nkurunziza. He held this post until 2014. In the same year he continued his studies at Wisdom University of Africa and gained a degree in 2014. He also chaired the Burundian National Olympic Committee.
Nkurunziza appointed him his successor in 2018 after rising opposition that was against his candidature for the elections.
He won elections held in May 2020, by 68 percent of the National vote
He will rule for a seven year term, renewable once.