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  • Burundi's Future Rests on Smooth Power Transition

    May 25, 2020 | 10:26 am

    [East African] On May 20, Burundians voted in one of the most significant polls in the country's 58 years of independence. Given its tumultuous history, the latest polls were largely seen as a moon-shot at an orderly handover of power.

  • Anxiety As Polls Bring an End to Nkurunziza's Rule

    May 23, 2020 | 13:20 pm

    [East African] A cloud of anxiety hangs over Burundi as the electoral agency continued counting votes days after Wednesday's election that is guaranteed to end the 15-year rule of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

  • Opposition Alleges Fraud, Makes Early Victory Claims

    May 22, 2020 | 06:38 am

    [VOA] Burundi's opposition leader Agathon Rwasa is claiming an early victory in the country's first presidential election in five years.

  • How African Countries Are Dealing With Elections During COVID-19

    May 21, 2020 | 15:31 pm

    [African Arguments] Five countries have gone ahead with elections. Nine have postponed. A dozen more are up in the air.

  • Election Goes Ahead As Authorities Clamp Down On Social Media

    May 21, 2020 | 06:43 am

    [RFI] Burundians went to the polls on Wednesday for elections to choose a new president, parliamentarians and local councillors. However, voting was marked by a social media shutdown in the country and complaints about irregularities by the opposition.

  • OHCRC - Elections Aren't 'Credible and Free'

    May 21, 2020 | 06:20 am

    [DW] As Burundi holds elections, the UN's human rights body says the country fails to meet conditions for free and credible polls. In a DW interview, Doudou Diene from OHCRC cites Burundi's history of human rights abuses.

  • Govt Shuts Down Popular Social Media Platforms

    May 20, 2020 | 15:34 pm

    [East African] Burundi has shut down popular social media platforms, as the presidential election got underway Wednesday morning.

  • Could Elections Lead to Another Political Crisis in Burundi?

    May 20, 2020 | 13:05 pm

    [ISS] Burundi's main opposition candidate in this week's elections, Agathon Rwasa, exudes confidence. His rallies are well attended despite violence meted out against his party members and the threat of COVID-19, which the country's politicians have largely ignored.

  • Burundians Vote Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

    May 20, 2020 | 12:51 pm

    [DW] Burundians are voting in a tense election to replace long-ruling President Pierre Nkurunziza amid a social media blackout. The elections are proceeding despite an outbreak of coronavirus in the East African nation.

  • Citizens Vote for New President Wednesday Despite Coronavirus Threat

    May 20, 2020 | 10:41 am

    [VOA] Voters in Burundi will choose the country's new president, members of parliament and local officials in Wednesday's elections, which are tempered by the challenge of the coronavirus outbreak and allegations of voter suppression.

  • Five Years After a Bloody Crackdown, a New Vote Stirs Violence

    May 20, 2020 | 06:37 am

    [The New Humanitarian] Bournemouth, UK -'Each party is saying they will win.'

  • Govt Calls for Peaceful Voting

    May 19, 2020 | 15:24 pm

    [East African] As Burundians get ready to vote in the presidential election on Wednesday May 20, the government is calling for the respect of law for a peace election.

  • An Essential Primer On Burundi's Elections

    May 19, 2020 | 11:47 am

    [ICG] On 20 May, Burundians will elect a new president, future members of parliament and municipal councillors, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Q&A, Crisis Group looks at the various scenarios for the polls and the challenges that will face[…]

  • Tense Election Campaign Sparks Fears of Further Violence

    May 19, 2020 | 06:47 am

    [DW] Burundians are heading to the polls to elect a new president and parliament. The election campaign has been marred by deadly clashes. Experts have said that the vote stands no chance of being free and fair.

  • Grenade Attack Sparks Fears Over Polls

    May 18, 2020 | 11:10 am

    [East African] Fears that the elections in Burundi slated for May 20 could be marred by violence peaked last week after a grenade attack in Bujumbura left 12 people wounded.

  • WHO Seeking Further Details On Staff Expulsion From Burundi

    May 15, 2020 | 18:31 pm

    [UN News] The World Health Organization (WHO) was on Thursday seeking to clarify why authorities in Burundi have expelled its top official in the country and three other staff members, the UN agency's Regional Director for Africa told journalists during[…]

  • How Will Citizens Be Safe From COVID-19 During Elections?

    May 15, 2020 | 17:44 pm

    [allAfrica] Johannesburg -At least 22 countries in Africa will be organizing polls this year, 13 of which will be for the positions of president or prime minister.

  • Africa CDC Head Rebukes Burundi for Expelling WHO

    May 15, 2020 | 16:12 pm

    [Daily Maverick] Africa's top official leading the continental fight against the Covid-19 pandemic has rebuked the Burundi government for kicking out the World Health Organisation's top official in the country after the WHO raised concerns about the danger of crowded[…]

  • A Perfect Storm Is Brewing in Burundi

    May 15, 2020 | 10:51 am

    [HRW] While most of the world tries to slow the spread and limit the death toll of Covid-19, Burundi is expelling health experts. This week, the government, which refuses to acknowledge the threat the virus presents, resorted to familiar tactics[…]

  • Burundi Expels WHO Officials

    May 15, 2020 | 10:14 am

    [VOA] Burundi has expelled four officials from the World Health Organization (WHO), declaring them persona non grata and ordering them to leave the country by Friday, a leaked memo from the country's foreign ministry reveals.

  • Coronavirus Response Takes Backseat As Election Looms in Burundi

    May 14, 2020 | 11:34 am

    [The New Humanitarian] Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Bournemouth, UK -'The authorities are so busy with the election campaign, they do almost nothing to fight COVID-19.'

  • Govt Expels Senior WHO Official, Experts

    May 14, 2020 | 10:29 am

    [Nation] Burundi on Wednesday expelled a World Health Organisation (WHO) representative and three senior health experts.

  • Grenade Blast Leaves Two Dead Ahead of Polls

    May 13, 2020 | 06:37 am

    [The New Humanitarian] Bournemouth, UK -Clashes have been reported across the country as presidential elections loom.

  • Opposition Leader Says Party Members Attacked in Run-up to Elections

    May 11, 2020 | 10:26 am

    [VOA] Burundi's main opposition leader and presidential candidate Agathon Rwasa says supporters of his CNL party are being arrested, attacked and in some cases killed ahead of the country's May 20 elections.

  • The Cruel Irony of Burundi's Media Awards

    May 7, 2020 | 12:38 pm

    [HRW] Just when many thought press freedom had hit rock bottom in Burundi, the government-controlled National Communication Council's (CNC) Media Awards this week have added insult to injury.

  • Burundi Should Reconsider Its Upcoming Poll

    May 4, 2020 | 15:14 pm

    [East African] The trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic in Africa by and large continues to reflect a rising case burden, even factoring in isolated pockets of remission.

  • Poll Campaigns in High Gear Despite Outbreak

    May 4, 2020 | 09:21 am

    [East African] Election campaigns for presidential and legislative seats in Burundi have kicked off ahead of the May 20 General Election, putting the country at risk of suffering a surge in new Covid-19 infections from close contact at the massive[…]

  • Elections - What's At Stake and What to Expect

    May 1, 2020 | 10:55 am

    [The Conversation Africa] On 20 May 2020, Burundians head to the polls to elect a new president. Incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza has promised to step aside after 15 years in office. The ruling party has selected an army general, Evariste Ndayishimiye,[…]

  • Elections Campaign Afoot

    Apr 29, 2020 | 11:00 am

    [Cameroon Tribune] For 21 days, candidates for the municipal, legislative and presidential elections will crisscross the enter nation to woo voters.

  • Govt Moves Ahead With May Election Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

    Apr 29, 2020 | 10:00 am

    [VOA] The race to become Burundi's next president is officially underway as authorities proclaim God will protect citizens from the novel coronavirus, which has already infected 15 people in the central African nation and caused the death of one other.

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