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Burundi expected to announce Ndayishimiye next president

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | Burundi’s election commission is expected Monday to declare Evariste Ndayishimiye the country’s next president, with all signs showing the ruling party’s candidate on track for victory following last week’s poll. The National Independent Electoral Commission will unveil the outcome of the presidential and legislative races at …

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Burundians vote despite virus outbreak

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | Burundians voted Wednesday in tense elections to replace their long-ruling president, despite a coronavirus outbreak that the East African nation has largely ignored. The election comes after five years of turmoil sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, which unleashed unrest that left …

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In Burundi, abuses persist in the shadows: rights groups

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Three years after fleeing persecution in Burundi for refuge in Tanzania, Jean Magorwa returned home, lured by assurances of peace and reconciliation. His family have not heard from him since, and are convinced he is dead. Rights groups say Magorwa is a victim of the political …

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Burundi: five years of political crisis

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi, which elects its president on May 20, has been mired in a political crisis since the last election in 2015, at the cost of 1,200 lives. The violence, sparked by opposition to Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third presidential term, stoked fears of a return …

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Burundian exiles pine for home but say return impossible

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Burundi plans to hold a presidential election Wednesday that will turn the page on the tumultuous tenure of Pierre Nkurunziza, in power since 2005. Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to seek a third term in 2015 plunged Burundi into crisis, and the associated unrest killed 1,200 people and saw 400,000 …

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Little hope ahead of polls as Burundi economy hit by virus

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP |  Five years of political crisis have battered Burundi’s economy, and there is little hope of a turnaround ahead of elections next week, as feeble signs of recovery have been dashed by the coronavirus crisis. The country’s last election in 2015, which saw President Pierre Nkurunziza seek …

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What does the surprise exit of Burundi’s Nkurunziza mean?

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision not to run in Burundi’s elections in May has come as a surprise. In 2015, his push for a third term led to the death of 1,200 people while more than 400,000 fled their homes, prompting a probe by the International Criminal …

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Cabinet reshuffle ahead of Burundi referendum

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza reshuffled his cabinet Thursday, replacing the foreign minister but keeping officials in charge of next month’s constitutional referendum that could see him stay in power until 2034. High-profile foreign minister Alain-Aime Nyamitwe, the brother of press chief Willy Nyamitwe, was removed …

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Burundi becoming a ‘violent dictatorship’: report

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza and his ruling party have moved the country toward violent dictatorship, rights groups said Tuesday in a report that slams the international community for inaction. A “purge” of ethnic Tutsis from the army, a crackdown on opposition and media and a …

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Burundi rejects deployment of 228 UN police

Burundi’s government has rejected the deployment of 228 UN police to the troubled African nation, saying a French-led UN resolution authorising the force was made without its consent. The UN Security Council on Friday agreed to deploy the force in its strongest move to date to try to end more …

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