Protests as President seeks third term


Burundi’s ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) decided to nominate incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza for a third term in office. The decision taken on Saturday at a special convention is seen by many in the opposition as a breach of the constitution which allows for a two term limit.

The President was first elected in 2005 with 94.4% of the vote and again in 2010 with 91.62%. The 2010 elections were boycotted by opposition parties.

Since the decision on Saturday morning there have been widespread protests and police are reported to have shot dead two protesters although Reuters reports five people as having been killed. The protests are continuing today (Monday 27th April). Reuters also reports that up to 20,000 people have fled the country into neighbouring Rwanda as the violence escalates.

The Presidential election is expected to take place on 26th June.

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