Democratic Reversals in Burundi

  • Patrick Hajayandi
Part of the Gender, Development and Social Change book series (GDSC)


This chapter offers an analysis of two parallel trends in Burundi’s convulsed politics: firstly, how electoral boycotts and the lack of participation in the governing institutions on behalf of the political opposition have contributed to democratic reversals and have reinforced political instability. Secondly, how the authoritarian tendencies of the ruling party lead to the same outcome by eroding democratic values. I argue that, democratic reversals in Burundi have been a result of anti-democratic decisions based on the absence of ideology, the failure to actively participate in political life, the authoritarian attitude of the leadership and the focus on power and wealth rather than on responding to the needs of the people.


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  • Patrick Hajayandi
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  1. 1.The Institute for Justice and ReconciliationCape TownSouth Africa

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