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Vol 56 No 9

Published 1st May 2015


Burundi

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 pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces de la défense de la démocratie (CNDD-FDD), decided to back President Pierre Nkurunziza as candidate in the presidential election due on 26 June. The opposition’s reaction has been furious.

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