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African heads of state arrive for US-Africa Leaders Summit State Dinner in Washington
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza and First Lady Denise Bucumi greet the press as they arrive at the White House for a State Dinner on behalf of the US-Africa Leaders Summit, August 5, 2014, in Washington, DC. Nearly 50 heads of state and government from Africa are attending the summit to advance business, agriculture, development and infrastructure interests on the continent. UPI/Mike Theiler
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Pierre Nkurunziza (born 18 December 1963) is the President of Burundi and chairman of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD). The CNDD was an ethnic Hutu rebel group in Burundi, but transformed itself into a political party.

Nkurunziza was born in 1963 in Burundi's capital city of Bujumbura. He attended primary school in Ngozi province and secondary school in Kitega before graduating from the University of Burundi in 1990. At the university, he majored in education and sports.

His father, Eustache Ngabisha, was elected to the Parliament of Burundi in 1965 and later became governor of two provinces before being killed in 1972 during a period of ethnic violence that claimed the lives of over 100,000 Burundians.

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