Burundi & Rwanda: rivalry at the heart of Great Lakes crises

André Guichaoua, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne The end of two particularly bloody and dramatic civil wars saw a reversal of the political and ethnic dominance in Rwanda in 1994 and Burundi in 2004. This dominance had come into being at independence. In Rwanda, the 1959 revolution overthrew the Tutsi monarchy and brought Hutu elites to …

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Rwanda’s Achilles’ heel: there is no back-up plan to Kagame

Susan Thomson, Colgate University Rwandan President Paul Kagame New Year’s Eve announcement that he will run for a third term as president came as no surprise to most observers of the tiny central African country. It was widely expected after a national referendum approved constitutional changes that allow Kagame to run his authoritarian, single-party state …

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The changes made to Rwanda’s constitution are peculiar – here’s why

Filip Reyntjens, University of Antwerp A two-year process to secure a constitutional amendment allowing Rwandan President Kagame to run for a third term finally ended in mid-December with 98.3% voter approval. The country’s 2003 constitution had limited the number of terms a president could sit to two. The campaign for the change was run by …

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Rwanda: Paul Kagame is in line to stay in office until 2034

Claudine Vidal, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) – PSL On 31 December 2015, in his greetings to the nation, Rwandan president Paul Kagame announced that he would run a third term. You asked me to continue to lead this country after 2017. Given its importance to you, I can only accept. A …

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Africa News Headlines – Pope Francis Visits Uganda – 27 November 2015

A selection of news headlines from Africa and around the globe reporting on the visit of Pope Francis to Uganda on Friday, November 27, 2015. A Pope Last Visited Uganda in 1993, Here’s What Has Changed Since Then Source: The Independent Why African countries should emulate Uganda’s stance on religious unity Source: Ventures Africa Pope …

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