ISS on elections in Burundi

Aug. 12, 2010, 9:52 a.m.

This July, Burundi held presidential and legislative elections.  Initial causes for optimism, such as high turnout, quickly dissipated as opposition boycotts resulted in President Pierre Nkurunziza and his CNDD-FDD winning unopposed.   The Institute for Security Studies has released a helpful policy brief on the elections.

This policy brief aims to discuss the current situation in Burundi. Topics under consideration in this brief include: reactions to the communal elections; how did we get here; possible future scenarios, including a return to rebellion, maintenance of the status quo, the gradual deterioration of the political arena and renewed eruptions of (large-scale) violence; and, lastly, considering what should be done in terms of short-term engagement and long-term engagement.

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