Andrea Filipi

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Military officers escort a gun carriage carrying the casket of the late Burundian president, Pierre Nkurunziza, draped in the national flag, during a state funeral procession in Gitega, Burundi, on June 26, 2020. (Clovis Guy Siboniyo/Reuters)

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza was a master of suspense, often stunning observers with last-minute, surprise moves. His death on June 8 at age 55, just two days after an appearance at a volleyball match, had the same effect.

Burundians had elected Nkurunziza’s successor, Évariste Ndayishimiye, on May 20, and the Constitutional Court of Burundi ruled on June 12 that the president-elect be sworn in quickly. With Ndayishimiye inaugurated as president on June 18, the country seems to have avoided a succession crisis.

What will Nkurunziza’s legacy be?

Commentary in the Western media has largely offered a negative take on Nkurunziza’s legacy.…  Seguir leyendo »