May 26, 2018

Burundi’s Nkurunziza and the electoral hold-up

Burundi’s Nkurunziza and the electoral hold-up

Burundi’s main opposition parties have come together to say that the plans for polls to go ahead despite widespread civil unrest in the capital is tantamount to an “electoral hold-up” by President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose controversial bid for a third consecutive term has plunged the central African nation into a deep political crisis.

In a joint statement, the opposition said it was now “impossible” to hold free and fair elections next week and that the result should not be recognised if they take place.

“The country has sunk into a political and security mess which in no way can allow for peaceful, transparent, free or credible elections.”

The statement came as another demonstrator was killed and two wounded in clashes in the south of the country, according to local officials, while activists complained of increasing attacks by ruling party supporters. Read more
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