Burundi: Constitutional Court Clears Former President to Run in May elections

The constitutional Court of Burundi has cleared former President Domitien Ndayizeye to contest in the May 20 presidential election that will seek to find long serving president Nkuruziza’s replacement.

Burundi will May 20th hold Presidential elections to choose President Nkurunziza replacement after serving as president since 2005.

Nkurunziza, made a surprise announcement in 2018 that he would not run in the 2020 election, despite changes to the constitution that would allow him to potentially rule until 2034.

His party, CNDD-FDD has nominated Secretary Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye as its flag bearer.

Ndayizeye a presidential candidate on Kira-Burundi Coalition ticket rushed to constitutional court after the Burundian National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) announced they had rejected his and three other candidates who had filed for the May 20 presidential election.

Pierre Claver Kazihise explained that the four candidates were rejected because they “did not meet requirements” set by the national constitution or the electoral code, and without giving further information.

The four rejected applicants include Jacques Bigirimana for the National Liberation Forces, former President Domitien Ndayizeye for the Kira Burundi coalition, Valentin Kavakure for the FPN-Imboneza party and Anicet Niyonkuru for the Council of the Patriots party.

Kazihise said that the four candidates can appeal against the decision to the Constitutional Court within two days.


However constitutional court in its ruling on Ndayizeye appeal earlier this week said he had full filled the requirements and was free to stand.

Boren 2nd May 1951, Domitien Ndayizeye was President of Burundi from 2003 to 2005. He succeeded Pierre Buyoy, as president on 30 April 2003, after serving as Buyoya’s vice president for 18 months.

Ndayizeye remained in office until succeeded by Pierre Nkurunziza on 26 August 2005.

Under his government, Ndayizeye tried to bridge the gap between the Hutu and the Tutsi through cooperation with regional leaders including President Yoweri  Museveni of Uganda and Benjamin  Mkapa of Tanzania

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