Elections in Burundi

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Burundi elects a head of state – the president – and a legislature on the national level. The National Assembly (Assemblée nationale) has 118 members, elected for a five-year term by proportional representation with a 2% barrier. The Senate (Sénat) has 49 members, elected for a five-year term by electoral colleges of communal councilors. Extra seats in both chambers can be added to ensure that ethnic and gender quotas are met. Burundi has a multi-party system, with two or three strong parties and a third party that is electorally successful. Parties are usually based on ethnic background.[1]

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  1. ^ Weinstein, Warren (1972). "Tensions in Burundi". African Issues. 2 (4): 27–29. doi:10.1017/S0047160700008283. ISSN 0047-1607.

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