Nkurunziza wins third term
Incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza has been elected for a third term in office, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has reported. Nkurunziza took 69.41% of the vote whilst his main opponent, Agathon Rwasa, of the National Forces of Liberation (FNL) came second with 18.99%. Turnout was reportedly 73.43% despite an opposition boycott. The preliminary results have to be confirmed by the Constitutional Court.
The decision by the President to run for a third term, which the opposition has described as unconstitutional, has led to widespread protests with more than 70 dead and at least 170,000 people fleeing the country. Armed groups are reportedly being set up to challenge the result of the election and, although all was quiet last night without celebrations on the winning side, more violence is expected.
The election has been described as “deeply flawed” by US Secretary of State John Kerry.