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

Thomas Stubbs, Pamela Abbott

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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.

Three years later in 2018 he announced that he would not stand for re-election.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2020


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


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