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Major Unrest in Burundi ahead of Presidential Elections

Written by Rakotomalala On 9 March 2014 @ 13:30 pm | 3 Comments

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Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burund - Public domain [1]

Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burund – Public domain

At least 19 violent incidents have been documented since the beginning of 2014 in Burundi [2] ahead of the presidential elections. The unrest centers on amendments to the constitution [3] proposed by president Nkurunziza that could allow him to run for a third term. The CNDD-FDD ruling party and its youth wing are accused of disrupting opposition's meetings and the killing of one  opposition leader. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expresses concerns [2] over the situation :

Next year’s elections will be a key test for Burundi. Continued political violence is a threat to the democratic process in a country which is still slowly recovering from a devastating protracted civil war


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[1] Image: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pierre_Nkurunziza_-_World_Economic_Forum_on_Africa_2008_1.jpg

[2] 19 violent incidents have been documented since the beginning of 2014 in Burundi: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1403/S00155/burundi-pillay-denounces-increasing-restrictions.htm

[3] unrest centers on amendments to the constitution: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/28/us-burundi-crisis-opposition-idUSBREA1R0AE20140228

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