Front for Democracy in Burundi

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Front for Democracy in Burundi
Front pour la Démocratie au Burundi
President Léonce Ngendakumana
Colors Green, White
Senate
5 / 49
National Assembly
5 / 106
Politics of Burundi
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Elections

The Front for Democracy in Burundi (French: Front pour la Démocratie au Burundi, FRODEBU) is a Hutu progressive political party in Burundi.

It was formed by followers of Melchior Ndadaye from the disbanded Burundi Workers' Party in 1986. FRODEBU was legalized as a political party in 1992.[1]

In 1993, FRODEBU won power in Burundi. The election of the Hutu government triggered violence between Hutu and Tutsi militias, and the President was assassinated. In retaliation, FRODEBU killed 25 000 Tutsi. Tutsi responded with an outbreak of violence against Hutus and killed civilians in retaliation. The violence was on a smaller scale then the mass genocide occurring in Rwanda where Hutu were massacring Tutsi.

In the legislative 2005 parliamentary election, the party won 21.7% of the vote and 30 out of 118 seats,[2] becoming the main opposition party.[3]

FRODEBU suspended its participation in the National Assembly on 21 February 2008 to protest efforts by the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD/FDD) to remove Alice Nzomukunda, a former CNDD/FDD member, from her post as Vice-President of the National Assembly.[3]

FRODEBU is a consultative member of the Socialist International.[4]

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