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Population: 10.48 mn.
GDP: $3.04 bn.
Debt: $0.68 bn.

President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term ambition may spark tension. Forces nationales de libération rebels could resume their guerrilla war. Local polls are on 26 May, the first round of the presidential elections on 26 June, senate elections on 17 July – and any second round of the presidentials on 27 July.

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Hardliners to the fore

The President thinks a coalition will strengthen him but his suspicion of Rwanda grows as fears of civil war increase

Instability is accelerating in the wake of Pierre Nkurunziza's election to a third term as President and his swearing in on 20 August. Two senior officers have been assassinated. G...

UN: 'unfair, unfree'

The United Nations' election observer mission has condemned the 29 June local and legislative elections in Burundi, saying 'the environment was not conducive for free, credible and...

Nkurunziza ploughs on

The President's insistence on persisting with the elections annoys the AU. The EU is considering sanctions

Local and parliamentary elections are still set to take place on 29 June but the presidential poll will only be held on 15 July after President Pierre Nkurunziza conceded a delay a...

Do as I say, not as I do

Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of the Burundian crisis as viewed from the Rwandan capital, Kigali, is the unwelcome spotlight on third – and unconstitutional – terms of office. ...

The President digs in

The murder of an opposition leader will keep tension high right up to polling day. Nkurunziza is sticking to his course

The assassination on 23 May of Zedi Feruzi, leader of a small opposition party, the Union pour la paix et le développement, signalled a major deterioration in the political climate...

Pierre nears the precipice

Now that the ruling party has backed the President’s bid for a third term, hopes for a peaceful election are fading fast

The latest attempt by a two-term president to flout the constitution and stay in power got formally under way on 25 April. The congress of the ruling party, the Conseil national po...

Lake murder mystery

Little progress has been made in the investigation into dozens of bodies found in Lake Rweru

Reports in August that dozens of bodies had been found floating in Lake Rweru on the Rwandan-Burundian border made international headlines and drew condemnation from foreign donors...

Massacres in the mist

As June's presidential election approaches, the political atmosphere is deteriorating and political violence is on the increase

President Pierre Nkurunziza has yet to declare whether he will stand for another term in the 26 June presidential election. Increasing signs that he will stand include the growing ...

Peace at risk

A climate of rising fear and uncertainty – never far from the surface in Burundi – is causing concern at home and abroad

The government is clamping down on elements within its former coalition partner, the mainly Tutsi Union pour le progrès national (Uprona) because of their opposition to Pres...

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