Burundi Braces for Unrest After a Vote Marred by Violence and Fraud Charges

Ruling party presidential candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye, center, waits to cast his vote in the presidential election, in Giheta, Burundi, May 20, 2020 (AP photo by Berthier Mugiraneza).
Ruling party presidential candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye, center, waits to cast his vote in the presidential election, in Giheta, Burundi, May 20, 2020 (AP photo by Berthier Mugiraneza).
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Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. Voters in Burundi went to the polls Wednesday in a fraught election to replace President Pierre Nkurunziza. The main opposition leader is already accusing the ruling party of voter fraud and abuse and threatening to challenge the results even before they are announced, a move observers worry could fuel political violence. Turnout was high Wednesday despite the risk of COVID-19 and a campaign that was marred by attacks on opposition supporters. Human rights observers have accused the ruling party’s youth militia, the […]

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