Burundi elections: what's at stake and what to expect

Pamela Abbott, Thomas Stubbs

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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, as its candidate.

Nkurunziza’s election in 2015 was controversial. It triggered a failed military coup d'etat and a crackdown on opposition. Many journalists and human rights defenders went into exile.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2020


  • Burundi
  • Peacebuilding
  • Pierre Nkurunziza
  • Democracy in Africa
  • Elections in Africa
  • Burundi Politics
  • Governance in Africa
  • Peace & Security
  • Leadership in Africa


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