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Burundi President Names Former Rebel to Interior Ministry

Burundi's president has named a former rebel as the new interior minister, ending a dispute that had threatened the country's fragile peace process.

President Domitien Ndayizeye Tuesday appointed Jean-Marie Ngendahayo, who served as a senior member of the rebel group, Forces for the Defense of Democracy.

Mr. Ngendahayo is an ethnic Tutsi, although most former rebels in the group are from Burundi's Hutu majority. Previously, President Ndayizeye said the post of interior minister was reserved for a Hutu under a post-war deal that created Burundi's power-sharing administration.

The president refused to appoint the former rebels' first choice for interior minister - also a Tutsi candidate. That dispute led rebels to suspend their participation in Burundi's post-war government.

Some information for this report provided by AP.