Opposition agreement was rejected, Ndayishimiye declared presidential election

The Constitutional Court in Burundi on Thursday dismissed the appeal filed by the main opposition party against the outcome of the May 20 presidential election. Évariste Ndayishimiye, a candidate named by the outgoing president, will therefore be invested in August.

The opposition party’s appeal against the outcome of the May 20 presidential election was rejected by the Burundi Constitutional Court on Thursday, June 4. She declared presidential election to the power candidate ÉvaristeNdayishimiye.

Appeals from the head of the National Council for Freedom (CNL), AgathonRwasa, against the results of the presidential, legislative and municipal elections are “invalid”, announced one of the seven judgments in the Constitutional Court.

This then validated the final results that gave the candidate to the governing party (CNDD-FDD), General Ndayishimiye, winner of the presidential election with 68.70% of the vote, ahead of Agathon Rwasa (24.18%) and the candidate for Union for National Progress ( Uprona), Gaston Sindimwo (1.63%).

Invested in August

ÉvaristeNdayishimiye, 52, will invest in August for a period of seven years, renewable once. He will succeed PierreNkurunziza, in power since 2005, who did not represent himself and had called him his “heir”.

The Constitutional Court found that CNL, which disputed the preliminary results given by the Election Commission, had not provided sufficient evidence to support its argument. irregularities committed according to him by the power, which would have put pressure on the opposition judges and voters and multiplied the fraud.

AgathonRwasa had appealed against this appeal while repeatedly repeating no illusions about the outcome of the proceedings before the court, which had validated the re-election of President PierreNkurunziza in 2015.

That year, PierreNkurunziza’s candidacy for a controversial third period threw the country into a major political crisis, killing at least 1,200 people and driving about 400,000 Burundians into emigration.

With AFP