Burundi President sworn in for third term

burundi-president
Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi
Published under Creative Commons

In a surprise inauguration held this morning, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has announced that he will take office for a third term. This follows last month’s disputed elections, which were boycotted by the opposition and sparked widespread unrest.

Nkurunziza took the “oath for a new term of five years”, the presidency said in a statement. His previous tenure was slated to end on August 26.

Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for the presidency for a third consecutive term in late April this year prompted weeks of protest in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, in which security forces and protestors opposed to the bid met with violent clashes. In mid-May, a coup was attempted but failed. As of 19 August, 186,334 civilians have fled to neighbouring states since the outbreak of violence. Civilians fear a reignition of the decades long civil war that left 300,000 dead in 1994-2006.

Burundi’s constitution allows a president to be elected twice – for a total of 10 years in power. Before these polls Nkurunziza argued he had only been directly elected by the people once, as his first term of office did not follow a general election.

Our partner, local early warning network INAMA, has been following events closely, and you can track our Burundi coverage here. We would like to take this opportunity to repeat our previous calls for peace in Burundi. We ask all sides involved to work together and build a constructive settlement, and to avoid the divisions that might lead to renewed civil war.

Related content

In pictures: celebrating community radio in DR Congo

DRC Community Radio - in pictures. To commemorate World Radio Day we offer a glimpse into a thriving network of community radio clubs in eastern DR Congo. Read more »

A farewell message from Tom, Head of International Programmes

I will always be part of the Peace Direct family which I hope becomes a global movement of people who believe that if we see peace as possible, it will be. Read more »

Introducing Peacewatch: Yemen

Introducing Peacewatch: Yemen, a new strand of our work researching and engaging with local peacebuilders through our Insight on Conflict project website. Read more »

Comments

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *