President Evariste Ndayishimiye takes the oath of office on June 18, 2020. He took over from the late Pierre Nkurunziza.
With the demise of Pierre Nkurunziza, all eyes are on Burundi’s new president as he inherits a political framework that has repressed press freedom and silenced independent media voices.
Former Burundian president, the late Pierre Nkurunziza
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The former president’s complex legacy has often been marred by violence.
Burundi’s president-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye signs a condolence book for Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza.
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The sudden death of Burundi’s former president, Pierre Nkurunziza, marks the end of a long reign, characterised by violent political crises.
President Pierre Nkurunziza campaigning for the presidency in 2015.
Will President Pierre Nkurunziza peacefully relinquish office after the May poll?
A sign at a candlelit vigil tells the story of a country sliding further into authoritarianism.
If the referendum goes President Pierre Nkrunziza’s way, it will also be a further blow to ordinary Burundians, who live in a state of hardship and adversity.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and visiting Tanzanian President John Magufuli.
Magufuli’s visit to Kenya reaffirms Tanzania as a leading regional actor. But it is also clearly designed to reset bilateral relations with Kenya which have been at best lukewarm on his watch
A policewoman carries a Burundi flag during a protest against President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.
The competition between the two authoritarian regimes has become a fact that, given the regional context, is here to last. It justifies repression and indefinitely postpones democratic expression.