NAIROBI, Kenya — Burundi’s ruling party has selected as the old-fashioned president of the nation’s senate to be the contemporary secretary-general.
Reverien Ndikuriyo was picked Sunday by the ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy, known by its French acronym CNDD-FDD. Ndikuriyo was named to the keep on the party’s convention in Gitega, Burundi’s capital.
He replaces President Evariste Ndayishimiye who was secretary-general till now. Ndayishimiye, was named to the ruling party’s easiest keep, chairman of the Council of Elders. That keep had been vacant for the reason that dying of President Pierre Nkurunziza in June, 2020.
The contemporary secretary-general was the president of Burundi’s senate between 2015 and 2020 and is famous as a hardline member of the party who has made hostile speeches in opposition to the opposition.
“His election looks to consolidate the dominance of hardliners for the reason that 2020 elections. … The tips of Ndikuriyo’s election does not bode smartly for human rights in Burundi,” reacted Carina Tertsakian of the Burundian Human Rights Initiative.
She wondered how Burundi’s president can fulfill his promises to respect democracy and the rule of law, with of us tackle Ndikuriyo in such influential positions of the ruling party.
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