Burundi elected to be a member of the African Union Peace and Security Council.

Burundi has been elected to be a member of the African Union Peace and Security Council in a vote held during the 34th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council in Addis Ababa, of the African Union headquartered, Ethiopia.

Burundi was elected to the Peace and Security Council within the African Union for a period of three years, from 2019-2021.

Alongside Burundi, four other countries – Nigeria (Western Africa), Algeria(Northern Africa), Kenya(Eastern Africa), a and Lesotho(Southern Africa) were also elected, reflecting the five regions of the continent.

Seven countries keenly contested for the available five vacancies. It should be noted that Kenya and Nigeria have been re-elected for the post of the AU Peace and Security Council.

Kenya which had held the seat since 2016, beat Ethiopia and Sudan to represent the East African region.

Burundi has been voted to be a member of the AU PSC whereas there are some frictions between Gitega and AU following the recent issuance of the international arrests warrants of the suspected perpetrators of the assassination of the Democracy hero in Burundi, Melchior Ndadaye.

The African Union has called for Gitega to ‘bury the hatchet’ and carry on with reconciliation process, instead of ‘digging up the old quarrel’, the AU Commission president, Mussa Faki Mahamat said.

This Mussa’s stance brought up fury from Gitega government where it even staged mass demonstrations in order to brush off his comments.

The Peace and Security Council of the AU is a standing decision-making organ of the African Union charged with responsibilities of conducting early warning and preventive diplomacy; facilitate peace-making; establish peace-support operations; and, in certain circumstances, recommend intervention in the Member States to promote peace, security, and stability.

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