Burundi elections - updates

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Burundi declares Ndayishimiye victor of bitter presidential election

May 25, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Evariste Ndayishimiye is set to inherit a deeply isolated country, under sanctions and cut off by foreign donors, its economy and national psyche damaged by the years of political violence and rights violations

WINNER. Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi's Presidential candidate of the ruling party the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy, speaks to the media after voting during presidential and general elections at Bubu Primary school in Giheta, central Burundi, on May 20, 2020. File photo by AFP

Burundians vote despite virus outbreak

May 20, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The vote comes after 5 years of turmoil sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, which unleashed unrest that left at least 1,200 dead and saw 400,000 flee the country

CAMPAIGN. A supporter holds a picture of Agathon Rwasa, presidential candidate of the main opposition party the National Congress for Liberty, during the last day of the campaign in Gitega, central Burundi, on May 17, 2020, ahead of the Presidential and General election scheduled for May 20, 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic.  File photo by AFP

Failure to contain Burundi crisis risks regional war: UN

Sep 15, 2015 - 10:42 PM

A UN expert says failure by the international community to immediately intervene in Burundi can result in new mass atrocities and spark a wider regional war the proportions of which are impossible to predict

A Burundian protester wearing a gas mask and holding a sign that reads "Stop the third mandate" chants near a burning barricade in the Mugasa neighbourhood of Bujumbura on May 6, 2015. Government and opposition rivals are meeting in Burundi in a bid to end deadly demonstrations against a third term bid by the president, as regional foreign ministers arrived to add pressure. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE

Burundi president wins controversial third term

Jul 25, 2015 - 9:47 AM

But President Pierre Nkurunziza s victory could trigger donor sanctions against the already impoverished nation

THIRD TERM. Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is re-elected after winning the controversial elections. File photo by Christophe Karaba/AFP

African Union deploys military and rights observers to Burundi

Jul 22, 2015 - 10:02 PM

The AU teams are aimed to prevent an escalation of violence in Burundi and to facilitate the completion of efforts to resolve the serious crisis in the country

Burundi counts votes after controversial presidential polls

Jul 22, 2015 - 11:41 AM

Results from the polls condemned as illegitimate by the international community are expected by the end of Thursday July 23

COUNTING THE VOTES. Election monitors and representatives of the major parties look on as votes are read out after polls closed in the Vugizo neighborhood in the suburb of capital Bujumbura, Burundi, July 21, 2015. Will Swanson/EPA

Violence as Burundi votes with president seeking re-election

Jul 21, 2015 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED President Pierre Nkurunziza is widely expected to win a third consecutive term despite international condemnation and thousands of people fleeing feared violence

In this file photo, electoral officials gather in the courtyard of the administrative building of the Bwiza district of Bujumbura, where ballots are counted on June 29, 2015. Marco Longari/AFP

Bitterly divided Burundi heads for elections

Jul 20, 2015 - 12:20 PM

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza appears set to win a controversial third consecutive term in elections on Tuesday July 21 a hollow victory that will leave him ruling over a violently divided nation

In this file photo, electoral staff work at a polling station in Bujumbura, Burundi, 29 June 2015. Ajax Nzeyimana/EPA

Grenade attacks as Burundi holds controversial polls

Jun 29, 2015 - 3:15 PM

Armed groups throw grenades at stations in both the capital Bujumbura and in some provinces ahead of Monday s parliamentary and local elections

Crisis-hit Burundi confirms new dates for controversial elections

Jun 10, 2015 - 11:32 PM

The presidency announces Burundi will go ahead with parliamentary elections on June 29 and a presidential poll on July 15 confirming a delay in the votes caused by weeks of civil unrest

STILL BURNING. A Burundian protester looks on in front of a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in Cibitoke neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 02 June 2015. Photo by Dai Kurokawa / EPA

Protests flare again in Burundi's capital

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:11 PM

UPDATED Protestors in Burundi once again defy police as they began the 38th day of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza s plan to run for a controversial third term

TORCHED. A masked Burundian protester faces soldiers in front of a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 25 May 2015. Photo by Dai Kurokawa / EPA

Burundi asks for donations to fund controversial elections

May 26, 2015 - 10:30 PM

The government of Burundi appeals for national solidarity asking for public donations to fund the controversial elections that sparked weeks of civil unrest and a coup attempt

DEFIANCE. A Burundian protester throws from a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 22 May 2015. Photo by Dai Kurokawa / EPA