August 24, 2017

Burundi president runs for third term

Burundi president runs for third term

Pierre-Nkurunziza Burundi

Burundi’s president will register on Friday to run for a third term, the ruling party said, a move likely to stoke anger among protesters opposing his bid for another five years in office.

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Crowds have taken to the streets and regularly clashed with police for almost two weeks, saying Pierre Nkurunziza’s plan to stand again in elections violates the constitution and a peace deal that ended an ethnically charged civil war in 2005.

The constitutional court ruled this week that he could stand, saying his first term did not count because he was picked by parliament not elected by the people. Critics say the court is biased and have vowed to keep up protests. Read more

 

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