Research Institute leaders attend a UN briefing on Political Divisions in Burundi

Dr. Thomas Ward and Dr. Claude Perrottet of the Research Institute attended a briefing on Burundi at the United Nations on Monday, November 26, 2018. The session focused on the political instability of this African nation, provoked by a deep sense of rivalry between competing for political factions. The session included interventions by Burundi Permanent Representative Albert Shingiro who expressed some optimism about the furtherance of the institutionalization of rule of law and democratization. A report that has been released on the potential of change in Burundi was highlighted by Swiss Ambassador Jürg Lauber who serves as Chair of the Burundi Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission. Mr. Lauber reiterated his understanding that “during discussions in the capital, Bujumbura, he was told that the security situation remains calm” and that ‘leaders of the ruling party confirmed the intention of President Pierre Nkurunziza not to seek re-election in 2020, which many said eased tensions.” 

Summary of the political challenges faced by Burundi

Statement delivered by H.E. Mr. Jürg Lauber


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