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Current socio-political situation proves democracy is undermined, says FRODEBU deputy chairman

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the victory of the political party Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU) in presidential elections held on June1, 1993, Léonce Ngendakumana, deputy chairman of the party has said democracy is undermined in Burundi.

Leonce Ngendakumana “With the new Constitution that will be soon enacted, democracy and good governance promotion are uncertain."

Leonce Ngendakumana “With the new Constitution that will be soon enacted, democracy and good governance promotion are uncertain.”

He believes that the present socio-political situation in Burundi proves that democracy achievements are being eroded. “The vast majority of Burundians live in physical insecurity, poverty, misery, hunger, unemployment and ignorance. They remain exposed to death, prison, and exile, “said Ngendakumana, adding that under such circumstances, dignity and democracy for the people remain empty words.” It becomes difficult to say the people are sovereign, the source and holders of power,” according to the deputy chairman of FRODEBU.

Ngendakumana regrets that the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, adopted in 2000 and the 2005 Constitution that ends ethnic confrontation and civil war that erupted in 1993 after the assassination of the first democratically elected Burundian President Melchior Ndadaye, have not brought stability in the country.

“With the new Constitution that will be soon enacted, democracy and good governance promotion are uncertain,” he says. He states that FRODEBU remains committed to continuing the fight for democracy.
Ndikumana calls on Burundi government and the opposition to engage in a frank and inclusive dialogue to resolve problems that Burundian people are encountering.

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