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Burundi Applies to Join Commonwealth to Bolster Angolophone Ties

Burundi has applied to join the Commonwealth group of mostly former British colonies to build closer trade relations with Angolophone economies, Cooperation Minister Laurent Kavakure said.

Belgian-governed until its independence in 1962, Burundi has switched the primary education system to English from French and is translating all its major laws as a condition of membership, Kavakure said in an interview today. The country’s national language that’s most widely spoken is Kirundi, while French is mostly used for government services.