What do you know about Burundi?
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has announced that he has called a cabinet meeting on Monday, the first of three planned cabinet meetings scheduled for Tuesday, according to the president’s office.
The government is expected to unveil a plan to support the Burundians during their economic downturn, the Associated Press reported.
The Burundis economy has suffered in recent years amid political unrest, poverty and corruption, according the AP.
The economy shrank by more than half in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, according in the report.
Burundia’s population fell by nearly 1 million in 2016 and unemployment was as high as 25 percent, according a 2017 UN report.
The country has been grappling with poverty, rising crime, corruption and social exclusion for decades.
Burkina Faso has struggled with a chronic disease that causes chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic kidney disease, and has been plagued by political unrest.
President Nkulunzise, who has been in power for the past five years, took office in 2017.
His administration has been accused of allowing violence to flare in Burundias capital, the capital of the country’s southern region of Kinshasa, and of failing to properly address the nation’s food shortages.
He has been blamed for the recent protests in Kinshas capital, Kinsas, which have led to the death of dozens of people.