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Burundi's ruling party elevates president to "visionary"

2018-03-14 00:35:20 (Beijing Time)         news.xinhuanet.com

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Evariste Ndayishimiye, Secretary General of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), speaks at a press conference in Bujumbura, capital of Burundi, on March 13, 2018. The Burundian ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), has elevated President Pierre Nkurunziza to "visionary" for his outstanding achievements, the party said in a press conference on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Evrard Ngendakumana)

BUJUMBURA, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The Burundian ruling party, the National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), has elevated President Pierre Nkurunziza to "visionary" for his outstanding achievements, the party said in a press conference on Tuesday.

"Considering immense achievements of President Pierre Nkurunziza, the value of his ideas, his teachings, his pieces of advice and his actions, the Central Committee of the CNDD-FDD found in him an excellent charismatic leader and decided to elevate him to the title of visionary of the party," said Evariste Ndayishimiye, Secretary General CNDD-FDD, in Bujumbura, capital city of Burundi.

The decision to elevate Nkurunziza to the "visionary" title was taken by the CNDD-FDD Central Committee which held a two day meeting last weekend in the Burundian northern province of Ngozi, said Ndayishimiye.

Nkurunziza is serving as the president of the elders council of the ruling party.

Nkurunziza's ideas should be respected "all the time" because they are constructive, he said, adding that citizens have been voting for the ruling party because of his ideas.

"His ideas are unforgettable. That's why we chose him as our visionary," he added.

He, however, indicated that elevating Nkurunziza to the visionary title within the CNDD-FDD is separated with the preparation of the ruling party to the forthcoming constitutional referendum due in May and the east African country's 2020 general elections.

"In our party, we promote democracy. We will later designate candidates to the elections," said the secretary general.

Nkurunziza was elected president of Burundi by the east African country's parliament in 2005. He was re-elected in a universal suffrage in 2010 and in 2015.

In December 2017, the National Independent Electoral Commission said the referendum of the east African country's constitution will be held in May.

The draft constitution extends the presidential term from five years provided in the 2005 constitution to seven years and allows the president to serve two consecutive terms. The daft constitution doesn't ban Nkurunziza to run again in 2020.