Arusha’s achievements in Burundi: what will they become?

While the 2015 electoral process promised to be a test for the consolidation of democracy in Burundi, the current crisis raised fears of an abandonment of the principles from the Arusha agreement. The latter had laid the foundations for an end to the civil war, the setting up of a consociational model of power sharing. Supposed to guarantee peace by overcoming antagonisms, this model is now threatened by a deteriorating political situation in recent years and the current political dead-end prompted by the renewed candidacy of Pierre Nkurunziza.

Crédit photo: Mission d'observation électorale des Nations unies au Burundi