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Burundi Army Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye gestures to party supporters after being chosen as their presidential candidate, at a national conference for the ruling CNDD-FDD party in the rural province of Gitega, Burundi Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Burundi's ruling party chose Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye to be its candidate in the presidential election set for May, signaling that the country's current president Pierre Nkurunziza will now retire after serving three terms. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

Burundi :Gen Ndayishimiye is new President

May 25, 2020

General Evariste Ndayishimiye of the ruling CNN-FDD party won presidential elections that were held last week (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)
General Evariste Ndayishimiye of the ruling CNN-FDD party won presidential elections that were held last week (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

The Electoral commission in Burundi has ,  announced that General Evariste Ndayishimiye of the ruling CNN-FDD party won presidential elections that were held last week.

Provisional results show that the 52 old Ndayishimiye, will replace Pierre Nkurunziza who has been in power since 2005.

Ndayishimiye emerged first among seven candidates with 68.72% of the votes, followed by a long time opposition figure, Agathon Rwasa of CNL who got 24.19 %.

Results of parliamentary elections, the ruling party CNDD-FDD scooped 72 seats with 68 % of the votes, CNL got 22.43 % while UPRONA came at third place .

Some observers witnessed violence towards opposition members during recent Burundian elections, where hundreds of CNL supporters were jailed and abused.

Born in Gitega province, the same region as President Nkurunziza, Ndayishimiye has been serving as Secretary General of CNDD-FDD since 2016.

Ndayishimiye is an early recruit of CNDD FDD army wing, a party that was founded in 1994, a year after the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye, the first president of Burundi democratically elected.

He served in various positions in Burundian army , like being appointed as Chief of Military Logistics, Military Assistant to Nkurunziza , Minister of interior among others.

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