He gave the signs on Friday, December 30, 2016, at a public conference held in Rutana, in the southeastern part of Burundi. On this occasion, there was a long exchange with journalists. They asked questions on all the current issues in this East African country.
The Head of State provided answers in a relaxed atmosphere. Responding to a question about his succession at the next presidential election in 2020, Pierre Nkurunziza made it clear that he did not rule out the possibility of being a candidate for his own succession even if Burundi’s current constitution puts him out of the race for another term.
“You remember that I had announced that I would not represent myself in 2020. That’s right, I had announced it in accordance with a court decision. But the courts are not above the people or above the Constitution. If the people allow someone to represent themselves, if the people ask, then I will not betray their confidence …
In Cameroon, Paul Biya is in 50 years of presidency, and in neighboring Rwanda, the mandates are changed as desired. The question of the mandate is not the main problem of the Burundians. You, the people, can decide to change the Constitution, to blow up the lock of the two mandates. But if you decide that I do not have to start doing that, then I will not impose myself. ” These are the remarks of President Pierre Nkurunziza reported by Rfi.
After becoming President of the Republic of Burundi in 2005 for a five-year re-election, Pierre Nkurunziza was to retire after his second term expired in 2015. But his decision not to leave has plunged his country into a serious social And political crisis. The protest of the opposition has already caused several hundred deaths to date.
Via CIN by Adeline ATANGANA