Continuity and Contingency: the CNDD-FDD and its transformation from rebel movement to governing political party in Burundi

Datum: 17 maart 2017

Locatie: UAntwerp - Stadscampus - IOB - Building S - Promotion Hall - Grauwzusters, Lange Sint-Annastraat 7 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Tijdstip: 17 - 19 uur

Organisatie / co-organisatie: IOB

Promovendus: Ntagahoraho Z. Burihabwa

Promotor: Filip Reyntjens (IOB), Stef Vandeginste (IOB)

Korte beschrijving: 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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