East African leaders congratulate Burundi’s Ndayishimiye on election win

File: Burundi President Elect Evariste Ndayishimiye, attends a rally ahead of the referendum in Bujumbura, Burundi May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Evrard Ngendakumana/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi’s president-elect. REUTERS/Evrard Ngendakumana/File Photo

Presidents of nations in the Eastern African region congratulated Evariste Ndayishimiye on his victory in Burundi’s presidential election last month.

Ndayishimiye, of the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), defeated the opposition’s Agathon Rwasa, of the National Council for Liberty, winning 68.72 percent of the vote.

On Thursday, Burundi’s constitutional court approved the election results declaring Ndayishimiye as the president-elect.

Somalia’s President Mohamed Farmaajo was the first to congratulate Ndayishimiye at the end of last month days after the opposition said it would appeal the declaration of the results.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday assured Ndayishimiye of Kenya’s continued support of his country as a true and valued development partner.

Tanzania’s John Magufuli pledged to continue to maintain the good bilateral relations between both nations.

“Congratulations Hon. Evariste Ndayishimiye for being elected President of Burundi. The people of Burundi have shown great faith in you. On behalf of the Government and all Tanzanians I promise to maintain good relations with us. I wish all the people of peace for the good and for the good of your nation.”

Ndayishimiye, dubbed as Nkurunziza’s “heir”, is now expected to be sworn in for a seven-year term in late August when Nkurunziza’s term ends.

The May 20 election looks likely be Burundi’s first democratic transfer of power in its 58-year-history.