The President of the Republic of Burundi and President of the Council of the party in power CNDD-FDD (National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy), Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, attended the solemn opening ceremony of the 2018 edition of the week dedicated to the “combatant for democracy” in Burundi scheduled from November 12 to 17, 2018.
The closest collaborators of the Burundian head of state from the ruling party CNDD-FDD, in this case, the President of the National Assembly, Mr. Pascal Nyabenda, the President of the Senate, Mr.
Reverend Ndikuriyo, and 2nd Vice President of the Republic, Mr. Joseph Butore, also participated
at this ceremony.
The day celebrated every year in November.
The week dedicated to the combatant for democracy in Burundi is organized every year at November in memory of the 10 years of armed struggle led by the former armed movement CNDD-FDD since the day after the assassination of the first elected President Melchior Ndadaye on 21 October 1993 until the signing of the ceasefire agreement of 16 November 2003 with the Burundi Transitional Government.
In a video documentary presented for the occasion in the premises of the CNDD-FDD party headquarters in memory of its armed struggle for the restoration of democracy, President Nkurunziza said that “the war with weapons” has already ended in Burundi to make room to the “struggle for integral development” of the Burundian people.
Since its independence in July 1962, Burundi has experienced cyclical crises “punctuated by bloodshed” occurred in particular in 1965, 1969, 1972, 1988, 1991 and the longest of all started in 1993 and lasted about fifteen years.
President Nkurunziza urged his compatriots to “reconnect with a new era marked by competitions for the development of the country” in order to definitively break with the former decades of post-independence of Burundi during which some political elites sometimes embarked them in “violent confrontations” on funds of -regional ethnic divisions.
Burundi, the President insisted, has “strong assets” for its take-off socio-economic, thanks in particular to the democratic gains derived from the good political legacy left by the heroes of independence and democracy, Louis Rwagasore and Melchior Ndadaye, respectively murdered on 18 September 1961 and 21 October 1993.
Note that this week dedicated to the fighter will be closed on November 17 on the Kazirabageni hill in Nyanza-Lac commune of Makamba province (South of Burundi).
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