Continuity and Contingency: the CNDD-FDD and its transformation from rebel movement to governing political party in Burundi
17 March 2017
UAntwerp - Stadscampus - IOB - Building S - Promotion Hall - Grauwzusters, Lange Sint-Annastraat 7 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Organization / co-organization:
Ntagahoraho Z. Burihabwa
Filip Reyntjens (IOB), Stef Vandeginste (IOB)
PhD defence Ntagahoraho Z. Burihabwa - IOB
The dissertation analyses the Conseil national pour la Défense de la Démocratie – Forces pour la Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD-FDD) and its path from rebellion to government in Burundi. In doing so, it illuminates the dynamics behind the CNDD-FDD’s historic evolution and eventual transformation from rebel movement to a political party, as well as its subsequent, almost immediate ascent to power after the 2005 elections.
It provides a first detailed history of the CNDD-FDD from its creation in 1994 to its second electoral victory in 2010. While uncovering a huge amount of original material, it draws significantly from qualitative interviews with key actors. While focusing on the CNDD-FDD, it also unearths new insights that relate to the emergence of Hutu-affiliated politico-military movements between the 1960s and 1990s, the Burundi civil war between 1993 and 2006, the Congo war(s) between 1996 and 2003, as well as post-war political developments in Burundi, including the 2015 electoral crisis and its aftermath.
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