Burundi’s ruling party picks presidential election candidate


The Burundian ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), on Sunday elected Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye as the party’s candidate for the next presidential election due on May 20, 2020.

The name of the candidate was posted on the party’s Twitter account.

The tweet was posted as the CNDD-FDD party was holding its extraordinary national congress in Gitega town in the country’s political capital, in central Burundi, to elect the party’s candidate for the forthcoming presidential election.

Current President Pierre Nkurunziza, who ruled Burundi for 15 years, had announced that he would not run again in the 2020 presidential election.

Nkurunziza, who fully participated in that congress as well as in a three-day thanksgiving prayer organized by the Burundian ruling party and which preceded the congress, warmly congratulated Ndayishimiye immediately after his election.

“I will give him my full support, especially by being at his side during the electoral campaign,” said Nkurunziza at the end of the congress.

On June 7, 2018 in Bugendana district in the province of Gitega, on the sidelines of a ceremony of promulgating a new constitution resulting from the constitutional referendum of May 17, 2018, Nkurunziza had announced that he would not stand for re-election in 2020.

For his part, Ndayishimiye, in reaction to the choice brought to him warmly thanked participants in the congress for the confidence placed in him.

Ndayishimiye particularly thanked President Nkurunziza for “multiple benefits” achieved in favor of the ruling party as the chairman of the council of elders of the party, as well as for the entire Burundian nation.

Ndayishimiye who will represent the CNDD-FDD party in the presidential election on May 20, 2020, had occupied several high-ranking positions.

He is currently the secretary general of the ruling party. Earlier he was the interior and public security minister. He also served as the private secretary in charge of military and civilian affairs at the office of the president. Enditem

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