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General Evariste Ndayishimiye has been chosen to represent the CNDD-FDD at the 2020 presidential election. Incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza said he would not run for yet another term after his controversial third term election in 2015 created a political crisis in the country. Technically he would have been able to stay in as president until 2034, but said two years ago he would not stand again for the top office. Nkurunziza may remain behind the scenes in the Burundian political world. He reportedly plans to stay in the country, living in his new luxury villa, with his end-of-mandate payment of some 500,000 euros as well as his salary, to be paid out for the rest of his life, according to a new law. General Ndayishimiye, 52, is no stranger in Burundian politics.  He has previously served as interior minister, security minister, and head of the president’s civilian and military cabinet.

Evariste Ndayishimiye: Burundi government's presidential hopeful

A 52-year-old major-general and former rebel combatant will contest the election in May.
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