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In Burundi, the CNDD-FDD elected a new Secretary-General on Sunday in the person of Révérien Ndikuriyo. An election that strengthens the grip of the regime’s hawks in power.

Former Senate President Revérien Ndikuriyo was officially elected this Sunday in Gitega by CNDD-FDD activists during an extraordinary congress organized after a religious crusade that gathered for three days all the governing party’s gratins, especially to demand that it is up to God to help them choose D-Day an “enlightened leader”.

In fact, much had already been said for a long time; the future general secretary of the party had been appointed during former President Pierre Nkurunziza, a little over a year ago. And this election was made in the very closed circle of generals from the previously ruling uprising that now controls all key positions in Burundi according to internal sources.

“This is a bad signal, whether it is inter-Burundian dialogue or political openness,” worried a diplomat stationed in Bujumbura, recalling that Révérien Ndikuriyo is known for his views. That its opponents qualify as “extremists”.

At the age of 50, this historical leader of the former Hut uprising, now in power, cultivates the image of a hardline nationalist who never speaks either French or English. Révérien Ndikuriyo is classified among hawks from the CNDD-FDD regime.

President Évariste Ndayishimiye, for his part, took the title of President of the Elder Council, the right number one in the ruling party.

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