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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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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...

Terms of abuse

The President's bid to change the constitution to allow him to stand for a third term has failed

The Kinshasa press loudly celebrated the failure of President Pierre Nkurunziza to amend the Burundian constitution at the end of March, a move intended to permit him a third term ...

Taxing troubles

Tax reforms – which almost doubled state revenues over the last three years – are at risk from Bujumbura's elite and disorganised aid groups

What is going wrong with Burundi's impressive tax reforms? Insiders say that corrupt politicians and business people have been fighting back, trying to get exemptions and write-off...

Nkurunziza nobbles opposition

The appointment of a new Vice-President failed to relieve the political crisis and the President is now trying to manipulate opposition leaders

Burundi is facing its worst political crisis since the end of the civil war in 2000. When President Pierre Nkurunziza dismissed the First Vice-President, Bernard Busokoza, on 1 Feb...

Aid threatened, conflict up

Rebel forces have stepped up attacks on government positions ahead of a critical aid conference in Geneva

The United Nations officially classes Burundi as a ‘post-conflict nation’ but chronic low-level violence persists. At the beginning of September, a dissident offshoot of the main o...

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