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Post-Nkurunziza Burundi: The Rise of the Generals

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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


Additional troop deployment is welcome and shows the need for a strong SANDF

The announcement on Wednesday 14 July that 25 000 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be deployed to help counter...
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