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Post-Nkurunziza Burundi: The Rise of the Generals

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In Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza's sudden death has exposed power struggles within the ruling party and the ascendancy of the military. Barely two weeks after...

Burundi’s incoming president vows to unite nation isolated over rights abuses

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Burundi’s incoming president Evariste Ndayishimiye was sworn in on Thursday after the sudden death of predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza, and he pledged to unite a...

ISS: Pierre Nkurunziza, a leader in the Great Lakes mould

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Pierre Nkurunziza’s sudden death on 9 June ends the political career of a sports teacher who ascended to the presidency of Burundi via a...

ISS: Could Pierre Nkurunziza’s departure save Burundi?

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Does the decision by Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD party to replace President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate for the elections due on 20 May offer...

Burundi still committing crimes against humanity

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More crimes against humanity were committed in Burundi in 2017 and 2018, whipped up by rhetoric from top officials including President Pierre...

Burundi’s president says will not seek re-election, easing unrest fears

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Burundi's long-serving President Pierre Nkurunziza promised on Thursday to step down when his term ends in 2020, easing fears of fresh violence...

Opposition pushes to annual vote extending Burundi presidential term

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Burundi's opposition asked the constitutional court to nullify a referendum result that could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power until...

ISS: The AU should take a stand on Burundi’s constitutional review

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Burundi will hold a referendum in May 2018 on a constitutional amendment that could enable President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power...

Crisis deepens in Burundi

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Burundi's cabinet backed a constitutional change allowing its president to stay in office until 2034, widening a political rift driving the country...

ISS: Can Burundi bury the ghosts of its troubled past?

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Last week, a mass grave was discovered in a village in central Burundi. Builders, breaking ground for a new school, uncovered the...

Burundi opposition reject mediator days after his arrival

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Burundi opposition groups demanded an international mediator resign just days after he arrived, casting a shadow over already troubled efforts to resolve...

Burundi president’s aide survives attack, guard killed

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A senior aide to Burundi's president Pierre Nkurunziza was injured in an attack on Monday night that also killed one of his...

Burundi withdraws permits from prominent rights group, other NGOs

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Burundi's government has withdrawn permits from a prominent human rights organisation and several other non-profit groups, accusing them of stirring up hatred...

Burundi regional parliament member shot dead

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A Burundian member of the East African Legislative Assembly was shot dead on Wednesday in what Rwanda's foreign minister called an assassination...

Burundi scholars sent home for defacing president’s photo

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A secondary school in rural Burundi sent home 230 students on Tuesday for defacing the portrait of President Pierre Nkurunziza in their...

Burundi frees some students accused of defacing president’s photo

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Burundi said on Tuesday it had released six juveniles who were part of a group of 11 students jailed last week for...

Burundi’s Nkurunziza asks criminal gangs to surrender in next 15 days

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President Pierre Nkurunziza has given armed gangs in Burundi 15 days to surrender to authorities and hand in their weapons or face...

ISS: Divide and rule?

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The most charitable interpretation one can put on Benjamin Mkapa's Burundi peace talks is that they are a desperate grope in the...

Burundi peace talks open in Tanzania with opposition criticism

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Tanzania opened peace talks on Saturday in a bid to end a political crisis in Burundi, but some opponents said the absence...

Burundi government says to attend Tanzania peace talks

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Burundi's government said on Thursday it would attend regional talks this weekend aimed at ending a year-long cycle of violence that has...

Burundi president condemns general’s killing as violence grows

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Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has condemned the killing of a senior army officer, who was shot along with his wife and bodyguard...

Senior Burundi officer missing from post, officers say he fled

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A senior Burundi army officer involved in intelligence has been missing from his post since the weekend and fellow officers said he...

Burundi says ‘fine’ with request for U.N. police deployment

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Burundi accepts the United Nations security council's resolution to send in police, the foreign affairs minister told Reuters on Saturday, after months...

ISS: Zuma’s lost opportunity in Burundi

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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has been active on the foreign policy front in the last few weeks – with varying degrees...

Burundi president agrees to talks, free prisoners – U.N.’s Ban

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Burundi's president promised on Tuesday to hold talks, free prisoners and lift arrest warrants to try and end months of violence, U.N....

EU ready to impose more sanctions on Burundi

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European Union foreign ministers said on Monday they were prepared to strengthen economic sanctions on Burundi following the failure of talks to...

Gunmen kill two in Burundi as marchers rally against Rwanda

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Unidentified gunmen shot dead two people in an apparent targeted killing late on Friday in Burundi, where months of violence linked to...

Africans to press Burundi to accept peacekeepers: diplomats

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The African Union will send a mission to troubled Burundi to press the government to accept a peacekeeping force after the president...

African leaders trying to push Burundi to take peacekeepers -officials

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African states are trying to push President Pierre Nkurunziza to accept peacekeeping troops at a summit this week to prevent Burundi sliding...

U.N. Security Council seeks to stop Burundi slide into ethnic war

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The United Nations Security Council travels to Burundi on Thursday in a bid to quell political violence in the tiny African state...

Burundi government says will not join peace talks

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Burundi's government will not take part in peace talks with the opposition scheduled for Wednesday, a senior official said, casting fresh doubt...

Burundians will fight against AU peacekeepers – president

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Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza said Burundians would fight against any peacekeepers sent into the country by the African Union, in his first...

At least seven killed in Burundi

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At least seven people were killed in Burundi's capital Bujumbura during a night of violence in flashpoint districts where months of protests...

Nearly 100 protesters released from Burundi prison

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Nearly 100 Burundian protesters who opposed President Pierre Nkurunziza during months of violence in the capital Bujumbura have been released from prison,...

Nearly 100 protesters released from Burundi prison

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Nearly 100 Burundian protesters who opposed President Pierre Nkurunziza during months of violence in the capital Bujumbura have been released from prison,...

Regional mediation key to preventing Burundi war – U.S. envoy

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Burundi is on the brink of civil war and will need regional mediation to establish a peace process between the government and...

Burundi’s top opposition leader Rwasa says fears for his life

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Burundi's top opposition leader said he feared for his life as violence mounted following President Pierre Nkurunziza's disputed election to a third...

Burundi says U.S. sanctions on officials, others “scandalous”

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A U.S. decision to impose sanctions on four current and former Burundi government officials is scandalous and part of a campaign to...

U.S. to sanction four in Burundi over violence

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The White House said on Monday that the United States will sanction four current and former Burundi government officials over the ongoing...

Shootings in Burundi capital kill four, mayor says survives gun attack

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At least four people died in shootings and explosions in various neighbourhoods in Burundi's capital on Sunday, while the government-supporting mayor's house...

Burundi opposition wants U.N. to send peacekeepers quickly

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A prominent opposition politician in Burundi called on United Nations on Friday to send a peacekeeping force quickly to help deal with...

UN, AU, EU raise alarm on Burundi crisis spreading

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The United Nations, African Union and European Union warned on Thursday that political division in Burundi threatened to create a deep and...

Burundi dismisses international alarm over arms crackdown

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Burundi angrily rejected U.S. criticism of a planned security crackdown, saying on Friday that warnings of fresh violence reflected a bias against...

Burundi dismisses international alarm over arms crackdown

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Burundi angrily rejected U.S. criticism of a planned security crackdown, saying on Friday that warnings of fresh violence reflected a bias against...

Burundi opposition fear attacks as Nkurunziza’s disarmament deadline arrives

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An opposition leader in Burundi voiced fears on Saturday of targeted killings by government forces as President Pierre Nkurunziza's deadline to give...

U.N., ICC join chorus of alarm over Burundi crackdown

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the International Criminal Court (ICC) joined a growing chorus of concern on Friday over a deteriorating security...

Amid crisis, Burundi president sets deadline to give up guns

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President Pierre Nkurunziza set a Nov. 7 deadline on Monday for Burundians to hand over illegal firearms or risk being "dealt with...

More than a dozen dead in Burundi violence

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More than a dozen people were killed in clashes in Burundi on Monday and Tuesday, police said, in the latest violence linked...

Burundi to pursue the ‘few’ officials behind killings – president

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Burundi's president said those in possession of illegal arms have a month to relinquish them and that authorities will hold to account...

U.N. rights chief alarmed by rising killings, arrests in Burundi

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There has been an "alarming upsurge" in the number of killings and arrests in Burundi after the president was sworn in for...