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Burundi ruling party picks Ndayishimiye to contest presidential election

Ndayishimiye, 52, also heads the department of military affairs in the president’s office and has served as minister of the interior and security.

FILE: Members of Burundis Independent National Electoral Commission count votes at a polling station at the University of Burundi in Bujumbura on 21 July, 2015. Picture: AFP.

NAIROBI – Burundi’s ruling party, the CNDD-FDD, picked its secretary-general, Evariste Ndayishimiye, as its candidate in a presidential election scheduled for May, it said on Sunday.

Ndayishimiye, 52, also heads the department of military affairs in the president’s office and has served as minister of the interior and security.

Current President Pierre Nkurunziza will not seek re-election.