Burundi gets Ndayishimiye as the new president.

Burundi’s ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye was on Monday declared the winner of the country’s presidential election, which the opposition has said was flawed. The national election commission, in results streamed live on Burundian media, announced that Ndayishimiye had won 68.72 percent of the vote, while opposition leader Agathon Rwasa came in far behind with 24.19 percent.

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Burundi’s election commission declared the governing party’s candidate, Evariste Ndayishimiye, the winner of the country’s presidential election amid accusations of rigging by the leading opposition challenger.

Ndayishimiye, a retired army general, won 68.72 percent of the votes in last week’s ballot, while Agathon Rwasa, the main opposition leader, received 24.19 percent, the commission said on Monday. There was a turnout of 88 percent. Since Ndayishimiye received more than 50 percent of the vote, he avoided a runoff.

General Ndayishimiye, a candidate of the ruling CNDD-FDD party, won the presidential election with 68.72 percent of the vote against 24.19 percent for his main opponent Agathon Rwasa, according to official figures announced on Monday by the National Independent Electoral Commission (Céni).

Outgoing Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Tuesday congratulated his protégé, General Évariste Ndayishimiye, who won the 20 May presidential election, seeing in his broad victory the proof of the people’s support “for the projects and values” conveyed by the regime.

General Evariste Ndayishimiye, the ruling party candidate, has been named the winner of Burundi's May 20 presidential election [AFP]
General Evariste Ndayishimiye : New president

“I warmly congratulate President-elect (…) Évariste Ndayishimiye for his broad victory which confirms that the vast majority of Burundians adhere to the projects and values he embodies,” Reporters Without Borders said. We are privileged witnesses of History. May God bless Burundi,” he said on his Twitter account.

  Candidate Party Votes
  Evariste Ndayishimiye CNDD–FDD 3,082,210 71.45
  Agathon Rwasa National Congress for Liberty 1,084,788 25.15
  Gaston Sindimwo Union for National Progress 73,353 1.70
  Domitien Ndayizeye Kira Burundi Coalition 24,470 0.57
  Léonce Ngendakumana Front for Democracy in Burundi 21,232 0.49
  Dieudonné Nahimana Independent 18,709 0.43
  Francis Rohero Independent 8,942 0.21
Invalid/blank votes 171,224
Total 4,484,928 100
Registered voters/turnout 5,113,418 87.71
Source: CENI
Preliminary results

Ndayishimiye was picked by the governing CNDD-FDD party to succeed outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose controversial decision to seek a third term in the last election in 2015 sparked mass unrest, violence and an opposition boycott.

The election was conducted with scant regard to the coronavirus outbreak — which has been largely ignored — and on top of a potential public health crisis, the opposition looks set to contest the outcome of the election. No foreign observers were allowed in to keep an eye on the election process.

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The vote is meant to usher in the first democratic transfer of power in 58 years of independence.


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