What is the political overview of Burundi?


What is the political overview of Burundi?

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  1. Burundi Political overview:

    The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) projects political instability in Burundi to continue throughout 2016 and 2017. Civil unrest broke out in the country since the re-election of Pierre Nkurunziza as President in July 2015 for a third consecutive five-year term in office.
    The unrest is led by armed opposition groups who claim the President’s re-election contravenes the two-term presidential limit that was introduced as part of the Arusha Accords which ended the country’s 1993-2005 civil war. According to the EIU, violence will escalate in 2016 as the armed opposition groups become better organised. The EIU notes that Burundi’s relations with Western donors who play a key role in financing its budget and public investment programme have deteriorated in light of the country’s civil unrest.
    The European Union (EU), the country’s largest foreign aid donor, announced in March 2016 that it would suspended the direct financial support it gives to Burundi. In April 2016, the permanent council of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) also suspended aid to the country. The BMI however notes that suspension of donor aid will not necessarily bring the unrest in the country to a stop.

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