Transition and continuity in Burundi

What is in store for Burundi following elections on 20 May 2020?

On 20 May 2020 Burundians went to the polls to elect their next head of state as well as members of Parliament and local councillors. What was behind President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to give up on his attempt to extend his rule? How would this play out? Beyond these questions, this report attempts to assess the possible profile of the new government, the power struggles that are likely to result and their possible consequences for future governance in Burundi.

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