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TELLEREPORT 06 MAR 2020

In Burundi, the time has come for an initial assessment after the period for submitting candidacies to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), which began on February 25 and ended on Thursday, March 5. In total, ten personalities, a record in the history of the country, were able to gather all the required documents.First there are the two main figures who seem to overwhelm the rest of the candidates.

On the one hand, General Évariste Ndayishimiye, presented by the former main Hutu rebellion of the Cndd-FDD in power in Burundi and dolphin of President Pierre Nkurunziza, who decided not to stand for re-election. His party has controlled the country with an iron fist since the 2015 crisis and he is considered the favorite of the presidential election on May 20.

On the other, the historic Hutu rebel leader of the FNL, Agathon Rwasa, now head of the country’s second political force, the National Council for Freedom, which was only approved a year ago.

barely a little over a year. He is presented as his main challenger despite the harsh repression that strikes his activists.Next comes a second group, made up of leading personalities.

The current first vice-president and candidate of the official wing of the Tutsi-majority Uprona party, Gaston Sindimwo, the former transitional president and leader of a coalition of small opposition parties Domitien Ndayizeye or Léonce Ngendakumana, the candidate of the Frodebu party which had won hands down the first free elections in Burundi in 1993.Finally, two independent candidates, Francis Rohero and Dieudonné Nahimana, complete the list alongside representatives of three small Burundian political parties, Jaques Bigirimana, Anicet Niyonkuru and Valentin Kavakure.

The verdict will be given next Tuesday, the date on which the Ceni of Burundi will publish the list of those whose candidacies will be retained.In addition to the required documents, the candidates had to submit proof of payment of a check for 30 million FBu (approximately 15,000 euros), an amount that has increased threefold since 2015.

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