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Exploring the Legacies of Armed Rebellion in Burundi’s Maquis par Excellence

Tomas Van Acker ()

Africa Spectrum, 2016, vol. 51, issue 2, 15-37

Abstract: This contribution explores the legacies of armed rebellion in post-war Burundi, where two of the main political parties, the ruling CNDD-FDD and the FNL, are former rebel movements. It aims to add a micro-political perspective to the discussion on the transformation of rebel groups into political parties, and bring some nuance to the normative underpinnings of this debate. Based on observations of the role of local leaders with an FNL past, and of retrospective popular appreciation for wartime governance by the FNL in its stronghold of Bujumbura Rural, the paper argues that beyond the symptoms of a violent political culture, this legacy should also be understood as a complex source of post-war power and legitimacy.

Keywords: political systems; history of political parties; FNL; civil wars; guerrilla units (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-09
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