US News Presidential election in Burundi: the CNL is still contesting the results

18:55  06 june  2020
18:55  06 june  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Burundi: Catholic observers point to “irregularities” during the poll

 Burundi: Catholic observers point to “irregularities” during the poll © REUTERS / Evrard Ngendakumana Voting operations in Gitega, Burundi, May 20, 2020. The results of the triple poll on Wednesday, which gave a large victory to General Evariste Ndayishimiye and his party the CNDD-FDD, are challenged by the main Burundian opponent, Agathon Rwasa and his party, the CNL, who denounce "massive fraud". The Council of the Catholic Church in Burundi is acting as an arbitrator between the two parties, while the CNL is preparing to file a complaint.

Le chef de l'opposition et candidat à la présidentielle Agathon Rwasa escorté par la police lors de son arrivée à un bureau de vote à Ngozi, le 20 mai 2020. © REUTERS / Clovis Guy Siboniyo The leader of the opposition and presidential candidate Agathon Rwasa escorted by the police when he arrived at a polling station in Ngozi on 20 May 2020.

In Burundi, after the proclamation of the final election results, the main opposition party, the CNL, reacted. Its president, Agathon Rwasa, recognized that the decision of the Constitutional Court in Burundi was final but as explained by his spokesperson, Thérence Manirambona, this does not mean that we recognize the results or even the institutions.

On the antennas of the Burundian national radio and television, the president of the CNL, Agathon Rwasa, admitted that the decision of the High Court put an end to his appeal contesting the results. His spokesperson, Thérence Manirambona, however clarified that this statement by Rwasa did not mean that the court's decision reflected the Burundian vote.

Elections in Burundi: "a lot of irregularities", according to the Catholic Church

 Elections in Burundi: © - Voters and voters line up in front of a polling station in Giteha, in central Burundi, for the presidential election of May 20, 2020 The Catholic Church of Burundi denounced Tuesday evening "many irregularities" having affected the transparency and fairness of the general elections of May 20 which saw the victory, disputed by the opposition, of the candidate of the ruling party, General Évariste Ndayishimiye.

The ruling party pays tribute to Pierre Nkurunziza

For its part, the CNDD-FDD, the ruling party, is delighted with its victory in the presidential, legislative and municipal elections obtained on May 20. It was General Evariste Ndayishimiye who succeeded former President Pierre Nkurunziza who did not stand for re-election and who was designated "Guide to Patriotism". In a speech broadcast on the night of Friday to this Saturday, June 6 on National Radio and Television, the party paid him tribute, very much supported by the voice of Nancy Ninette Mutoni, national secretary of the CNDD-FDD, in charge of Communication. and information.

The United States, via its embassy in Bujumbura, says they are ready to "work with the elected president, General Ndayishimiyé, on their partnership with Burundi in the years to come".

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Could Donald Trump simply not accept an election defeat in the fall? Challenger Joe Biden thinks this is possible - and relies on the help of the military in an emergency. © JIM WATSON / AFP The US is facing the election on November 3rd, . currently sees the polls nationwide , but also in the important swing states, Democrat Joe Biden ahead of incumbent Donald Trump .

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