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Vol 50 No 18

Published 11th September 2009


Burundi

Nkurunziza's formula for victory

Election rules seemed to have been agreed but the President wants new ones to make sure he wins

With a year to go before presidential, parliamentary and local elections, President Pierre Nkurunziza is trying to ensure that he and his party win. Diplomats are worried as the National Assembly prepares to vote on a new electoral code very different from the one that seemed to have been agreed between the government and opposition parties, brought together by the United Nations mission in Burundi (AC Vol 49 No 10). At the last minute, the Chairman of the Assembly's Commission on Justice and Human Rights, Fidèle Mbunde, introduced a rival set of rules. Mbunde belongs to Nkurunziza's party, the Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie-Forces pour la Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD-FDD).

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