Burundi ruling party picks Ndayishimiye to contest presidential election

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Evariste Ndayishimiye, Secretary General of Burundi’s ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), attends their rally ahead of the referendum in Bujumbura, Burundi May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Evrard Ngendakumana/File Photo

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Burundi’s ruling party, the CNDD-FDD, picked its secretary general, Evariste Ndayishimiye, as its candidate in a presidential election scheduled for May, it said on Sunday.

Ndayishimiye, 52, also heads the department of military affairs in the president’s office and has served as minister of the interior and security.

Current President Pierre Nkurunziza will not seek re-election.

Writing by Nairobi Newsroom; editing by John Stonestreet

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