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Gitega Province

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Gitega is one of the 18 provinces of Burundi. Its capital is Gitega. It has a population of 725,223 as of 2008 and an area of.HistoryAfter Burundi attained full independence on 1 July 1962, there was a military coup d'état in which the king was overthrown and monarchy disbanded in 1966. When King Ntare V tried to reinstate his kingdom, he was assassinated in 1972 at the Royal Palace of Gitega.On 26 April 1996, army attacks at Buhoro killed some 230 civilians. On 21 October, some 70 Tutsi students were burnt alive at Kibimba. In March 2007, President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that Burundi had plans to transfer the capital from Bujumbura to Gitega. According to him, the central location of the city makes it "an ideal place to better serve the majority of the population".GeographyGitega Province is located in central Burundi. It has an area of and has a population density of 366.5 individuals per square kilometre. Gitega is a central highland province along with Kayanza and Muramvya.CommunesGitega Province is divided administratively into 11 communes: Commune of Bugendana Commune of Bukirasazi Commune of Buraza Commune of Giheta Commune of Gishubi Commune of Gitega Commune of Itaba Commune of Makebuko Commune of Mutaho Commune of Nyanrusange Commune of Ryansoro
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