The African Union welcomes the decision of Pierre Nkurunziza of ‘not standing again for re-election in 2020’.

The African Union has congratulated Burundi government over on initiating the preparatory procedure for the African Union congratulates Burundi over 2020 elections preparations elections. The African Union has also welcomed the decision of the Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, not to stand again for re-election in the 2020 elections.

In the communique issued by tye African Union, the latter brings up the establishment, on August 31, 2018, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC or CENI) according to the Burundi electoral code.

Among other things that the African Union congratulates on Burundi, there is the setting up of the newly formed Truth and Reconciliation Commission in accordance with the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed on August 28, 2000.

The African Union has also expressed its satisfaction in the case of The Burundi head of State, Pierre Nkurubziza, not to stand for re-election.

The African union communique states: ” The African Union welcomed the statement made by President Pierre Nkurunziza not to stand as a candidate for the presidential elections in 2020″.

The African Union urged further the Burundi government and the political parties to work together for the smooth conduct of the 2020 elections.

It should be noted that Burundi is currently at low terms with the African Union over its stance on the issued international arrest warrants against the suspected perpetrators of the assassination of the Burundi democracy hero, Ndadaye Melchior.

On the sidelines of the 32nd African Union meeting, Burundi officials distributed some leaflets stating the reason why the 17 suspected, including Major Pierre Buyoya, should be arrested and convicted.

Pierre Buyoya reacted as ‘surprised’ by the unexpected distribution of the leaflets on the sidelines of the 32nd  African Union, in Ethiopia, on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Buyoya took to Twitter to express his opinion on the leaflets.

The African Union has until now not reacted to the distributed leaflets. Some observers argue that those leaflets may have fallen on the ‘deaf ears’ of the attendees of the 32nd African Union meeting which took place in Ethiopia, Addis Abeba.

 

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