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BURUNDI: Ruling Party’s Evariste Ndayishimiye Wins Presidential Election

Evariste Ndayishimiye, the candidate of Burundi’s ruling party, CNDD-FD, has won May 20’s presidential election.

Ndayishimiye swept 68.7% of the vote while opposition CNL’s Agathon Rwasa got 24.1%.

Other five candidates shared 8% of the vote.

They include Gaston Sindimwo (UPRONA) who got 1.6%; Domitien Ndayizeye (Kira Burundi) who settled for 0.5%; Leonce Ngendakumana (FRODEBU) who polled 0.4%; Dieudonne Nahimana who went home

Burundi’s electoral commission (CENI) announced on Monday evening that the ruling party polled 3 million votes out of the total 4,313,704 votes counted.

83,690 votes (1.8%) were annulled while 87,534 (1.95%) registered voters didn’t take part in the exercise.

The total registered voters in a country of 11 million people was 5.1 million, meaning voter participation stood at 87%.

Earlier, ChimpReports reported that CNDD-FDD, swept 72 out of 100 MP seats in the May 20 polls.


CENI said CNL came second with 27 posts. UPRONA trailed with only 1 seat.

Presidential results announced by CENI this Monday afternoon

Ndayishimiye will be sworn-in as Burundi’s next President in August.

He will take over from Pierre Nkurunziza who has been in power since 2005.

Following a referendum, the country adopted a new constitution in June 2018 based on the 2000 Arusha Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Burundi.

Among other things, it establishes a seven-year presidential term starting with this election.

The country also has a National Assembly and a Senate whose members are elected for five years.

Senate elections will be held in July 2020.

Ndayishimiye recently said strengthening national security, infrastructure development and fostering regional integration would be his government’s priorities.

The situation in Burundi remains stable despite a few minor incidents during last week’s election exercise.

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