Burundi delays presidential poll amid unrest

Burundi has delayed its July 15 poll amid conflict between ongoing division and unrest.

Burundi delays presidential poll amid unrest

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Burundi has delayed its July 15 presidential election amid ongoing division and unrest in the East African country.

Burundi’s presidency released a statement on Friday announcing the postponement but did not give an alternative date for the election.

The nation has been rocked by protests since the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy – Forces for the Defense of Democracy named President Pierre Nkurunziza – in power since 2005 – its candidate.

A general election on June 29 was boycotted by the country’s opposition over Nkurunziza’s attempt to secure a third term in office.

The opposition claim Nkurunziza does not have the right to seek a third term, citing Burundi's constitution which limits the number of terms a president can serve to two.

However, Burundi's Constitutional Court recently ruled that Nkurunziza's third-term bid would not violate the constitution.

The situation took a turn for the worse earlier last May when a group of army generals staged a failed coup against Nkurunziza while he was attending a regional summit in Tanzania.

Since protests first erupted in Burundi in April over Nkurunziza’s plan for a third-term bid, over 70 people have reportedly been killed, while tens of thousands of others have fled to neighboring countries.

Last Mod: 10 Temmuz 2015, 16:05
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