February 09, 2022

Burundi: EU Lifts Sanctions

The European Union (EU) is in the process of lifting sanctions against Burundi.

A statement released on Tuesday, 8 February, mentioned that the EU would be removing its financial and aid restrictions that have been enforced in Burundi since 2016, after previous incumbent, Pierre Nkurunziza, sought to claim a third term in office, which triggered a spate of violent protests nationwide.

However, everything changed last year when Evariste Ndayishimiye was peacefully and democratically elected to high office.

“Since the 2020 elections,” reads the statement, “the EU has acknowledged the progress made by the Burundian government with respect to human rights, good governance and the rule of law, as well as commitments taken in its roadmap (‘feuille de route’) towards further improvements in those areas.”

The move has been warmly received across the board – it follows a similar course of action made by the United States of America following the election results of the African nation.

President Ndayishimiye said: “I salute the wise decision of the European Union and its Member States for having taken the step of lifting with immediate effect the economic sanctions against my country. Burundi is ready to co-operate with all partners. Together, anything is possible.”

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