Government in Burundi

  • Burundi: European Parliament Accuses Burundi Government of Human Rights Violations

    BURUNDI, 2017/01/23 This Thursday 19 January 2017, the European parliament has written to the Burundi government, spelling out a number of accusations about human rights violations. It has as well condemned the law legalising the "Imbonerakure", a violent youth militia, according to the European parliament. The European parliament says its statement on Burundi expresses its deep concerns at the worsening political security situation and violence occurring in Burundi since 2015.
  • Burundi says 'fine' with request for U.N. police deployment

    BURUNDI, 2016/04/04 Burundi accepts the United Nations security council's resolution to send in police, the foreign affairs minister told Reuters on Saturday, next months of political tension. The 15-member council unanimously adopted on Friday a French-drafted resolution asking U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to offer options for a police deployment to Burundi, where violence threatens to spiral into ethnic conflict. President Pierre Nkurunziza said last April he would seek a third term, which his opponents said was illegal. Since again, at least 439 people have been killed and additional than 250,000 have fled.
  • Former Burundi leader says solution to crisis lies in 2005 peace accord

    BURUNDI, 2016/01/02 Former Burundi President Domitien Ndayizeye says the solution to the current crisis in the east African country lay in the Arusha Peace Accords that ended the 1993-2005 civil war. Ndayizeye who served as Burundi president from 2003 to 2005, told Xinhua in a recent interview that the gruesome 1993-2005 civil war birthed the Arusha Accords which spelt out the next of Burundi. "The next of Burundi is constructed in that agreement. We wrote the Constitution according to the spirit and content of the accord," he said in a little while next the launch of the resumption of peace talks aimed at ending the current spate of fighting.
  • Burundi, Rwanda, and now Congo; another African president set to change term limit rules

    BURUNDI, 2015/07/19 REPUBLIC of Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso received the green light on Friday from a political forum on the next of the country’s institutions to try extend his lengthy policy. It was the second political action in favour of extending presidential term limits in Central Africa in the week. On Tuesday Rwandan lawmakers voted 99% to hold a referendum on proposed changes to the constitution that would allow President Paul Kagame to extend his 15 years in power. READ: 99% of Rwandan lawmakers vote for changes to allow Kagame extend his 15 years in power
  • Burundi holds parliamentary vote amid opposition boycott

    BURUNDI, 2015/06/30 It was a poll of a lot of tales as Burundi took to picking their legislators through the ballot yesterday. At one end, President Nkuzunziza, whose insistance on running for a controversial re-election triggered off mass Burundian exodus in search for refuge across the borders, arrived to vote riding a bicycle. In the capital Bujumbira, a bomb exploded. From presently on still, polling stations were deserted but the electoral commission said voter turnout was massive with four million registered voters casting their votes. A lot of polling stations were quiet although the electoral commission reported a massive turnout of the nearly four million registered voters, according to agencies.
  • Burundi opposition leader registers as presidential candidate

    BURUNDI, 2015/05/13 Burundi's major opposition leader, Agathon Rwasa, on Saturday registered his candidacy for next month's presidential election. Rwasa leads the National Liberation Forces - known by its French acronym FNL - and is the key challenger to President Pierre Nkurunziza whose desire to run for a third term in office has triggered weeks of deadly street protests in the capital Bujumbura. "I submitted my papers... to meet the deadline," imposed by the electoral commission, Rwasa said. He added that his registration was not a sign that he accepts either the electoral process or the candidature of his opponent, the president, who registered his own candidacy on Friday.
  • Burundi President to Run for Third Term Despite Protest.

    BURUNDI, 2015/04/26 Burundi's president has been declared as candidate for a controversial third term in office, his ruling party announced, despite mounting protests over the move that the opposition says is unconstitutional. There was tight security as the ruling CNDD-FDD party opened a appropriate congress on Saturday morning, during which Pierre Nkurunziza was officially designated as the party's candidate. "We wish to announce to the national and international community that the member who has been selected to represent us in the elections is Pierre Nkurunziza," the chief of CNDD-FDD, Pascal Nyabenda, announced next a party conference. He said Nkurunziza, a former rebel leader who has by presently served two-terms as president, "has the right to be elected".
  • Elections in Burundi - Moment of Truth

    BURUNDI, 2015/04/18 The elections scheduled to take place between the end of May and August 2015 will be decisive for Burundi. The next of the present rulers (President Pierre Nkurunziza considers running for a third term) and, additional importantly, the upholding of the 2000 Arusha agreement as the foundation for peace, are at stake. Popular protests and the precedent set by the fall of Burkina Faso's president suggest street confrontations will take place if President Nkurunziza decides to impose his candidacy. The return to violence would not only end the peace progressively restored since the Arusha agreement, it would as well have destabilising consequences in the region and mark a failure in peacebuilding. To avoid this scenario, Burundi's partners, who have by presently expressed their concerns, should increase their involvement in the electoral process and prepare a gradual response depending on how inclusive the process will be.
  • Burundi government on the verge of collapse

    BURUNDI, 2014/02/07 Victoire Ndikumana, Minister of Posts, Commerce, Industry and Tourism for Burundi resigned from government on Wednesday only one day next Communal Development Minister Jean-Claude Ndihokubwayo and Data, Communication, Telecommunications and Parliament Relations Minister Leocadie Nihazi had quit their ministerial posts. The resignation of the three ministers followed the dismissal on Saturday of Burundi's Initial Vice-President Bernard Busokoza over his alleged 'inability' to distinguish his assignments as the country's deputy-president and his conduct as a chairman of a political party, throwing Burundi into the worst political crisis since the last elections and the end of the civil war.
  • African governments review growing energy and food subsidies

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/20 African government deficits, while low by historical standards, has been creeping up as aid and remittances dip, and counter-cyclical interventions rack up in response to the effects of the financial crisis. Combined with a rising food and fuel import bill, governments are presently looking for savings. Energy and food subsidies are increasingly being reviewed.