Evariste Ndayishimiye declared Winner of Burundi's Presidential Election

The Burundi's electoral commission has declared Evariste Ndayishimiye of the ruling party winner of last week presidential election and return elected as the new president against his main opponent Agathon Rwasa.

The authorities says Evariste Ndayishimiye won almost 70% of the vote as reported by the BCC. The retired general will take over from President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has led Burundi since 2005. The former leader is widely expected to maintain a lot of influence.

The main opposition party has expressed doubt about the official results, which suggest its candidate, Agathon Rwasa, only gained a quarter of the votes - mostly in its traditional stronghold in the west.