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Published 15th May 2015

Vol 56 No 10


Burundi

The military moves against Nkurunziza's third term bid

Demonstrators celebrate as they surround a police truck in Bujumbura on 13 May 2015 (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)
Demonstrators celebrate as they surround a police truck in Bujumbura on 13 May 2015 (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

The latest attempt to defy a national constitution has hit the buffers as army officers claim to have thrown the President out of office

The announcement by ex-Chief of the Army Staff Major General Godefroid Niyombare on 13 May that he and a group of senior officers had overthrown President Pierre Nkurunziza was met with jubilation by crowds in the streets of Bujumbura. Niyombare declared that a 'committee to establish national concord' had removed the President because of his 'defiance' and 'arrogance' towards those who had advised him not to stand for a third term of office.

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THE INSIDE VIEW

The Conservative Party’s narrow win in Britain’s general elections on
7 May evoked little interest in Africa but it will have some effect on
policy. Policy outside Europe barely got a mention in the election
campaign, except in the context of the EU’s failed policy on
migration, in particular the thousands of people fleeing war and
poverty trying to cross the Mediterranean to southern Europe.
David Cameron's government is ...

The Conservative Party’s narrow win in Britain’s general elections on
7 May evoked little interest in Africa but it will have some effect on
policy. Policy outside Europe barely got a mention in the election
campaign, except in the context of the EU’s failed policy on
migration, in particular the thousands of people fleeing war and
poverty trying to cross the Mediterranean to southern Europe.
David Cameron's government is set to tighten immigration rules further,
including self-defeating visa restrictions on foreign students that
encourage so many Africans to study in the United States or Asia.
Although all the main parties spoke of the growing importance of
African economies, none  could produce any new or imaginative policies
on how to boost ties with the continent.

Nevertheless, some British-Africa ties have been reinforced. After
Labour leader Ed Miliband resigned after his party’s defeat, one
frontrunner to lead the party is Chuka Umunna, whose late father was
Nigerian and who takes a strong interest in British policy on Africa.
Cameron’s victory is also a personal victory for his election advisor
Lynton Crosby, who formerly advised Zimbabwe’s Morgan Tsvangirai.
There are mixed lessons for other political consultants selling their
services in Africa: US President Barack Obama’s feted election
strategist David Axelrod advised Miliband, albeit with less success.
However, Axelrod’s team is still celebrating the victory of its star
Nigerian client Muhammadu Buhari last month.

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