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Title:Burundi's electoral crisis: back to power-sharing politics as usual?
Author:Vandeginste, StefISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society (ISSN 1468-2621)
Geographic term:Burundi
Subjects:political violence
political conditions
External link:http://afraf.oxfordjournals.org/content/114/457/624.short
Abstract:On 24 April 2015, Burundi's ruling party Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces pour la défense de la démocratie (CNDD-FDD) designated incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate for the forthcoming presidential elections, despite the fact that he had already completed two terms in office. This announcement triggered a series of demonstrations in Bujumbura, Burundi's capital city. Two months later, the country experienced several weeks of violent confrontation between the police and primarily young urban protesters, a failed coup d'état, and repeated delays of the elections. Despite international pressure and mediation, no genuine political dialogue between supporters and opponents of President Nkurunziza's third term took place. This briefing sheds light on the trigger of the violence as well as the longer-term context of the ongoing crisis in Burundi. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]