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Burundi Postpones Parliamentary Elections

Burundi Postpones Parliamentary Elections

After over a month of unrest, officials have announced that Burundi’s parliamentary polls will be postponed. The country was plunged into violence after president Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third presidential term. Burundi’s electoral body announced Wednesday it will delay scheduled local and parliamentary elections after more than a month of sometimes violent protests against […]

Africa: The Growing Appeal of Popular Uprisings

Africa: The Growing Appeal of Popular Uprisings

Lagos, Nigeria — It’s been a month since protesters in Burundi began their campaign to block President Pierre Nkurunziza from seeking a third term in office. A May 13 coup against the 51-year-old former sports professor failed, but demonstrators are rolling out on a daily basis, calling for him to step down. The tiny Great […]

EALA Assessing Refugee Situation In Burundi

EALA Assessing Refugee Situation In Burundi

Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) have today started on a three-day country tour specifically aimed at taking in the status of Burundi refugees in Rwanda as the regional assembly moves to seek the appropriate intervention. This comes as the Legislative arm of the Community initiated what it calls a goodwill mission by […]

African Leaders Urge Burundi to Postpone Elections

African Leaders Urge Burundi to Postpone Elections

East African leaders have urged Burundi’s president to postpone elections due in June. They have also called for an end to the violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term. Their statement was made after a summit of the East African Community in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam. […]

Deadly Police Response to Protests – Investigate Deaths

Deadly Police Response to Protests – Investigate Deaths

Burundian police have used excessive force in a crackdown on protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s election bid for a third term, Human Rights Watch said today. Witness accounts indicate that police have shot and beaten people, in some cases when they posed no apparent threat. The authorities have closed down a number of radio stations […]

United States Condemns Violence in Burundi

United States Condemns Violence in Burundi

The United States strongly condemns the May 29 grenade attack in Bujumbura, and the continued violence in Burundi. We are deeply concerned that the recent grenade attacks, violence perpetrated by the ruling party Imbonerakure youth militia, and continued restrictions on peaceful assembly and the media are undermining efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution of the […]

Election Official Flees Crisis-Hit Burundi

Election Official Flees Crisis-Hit Burundi

A second top Burundian election official has reportedly fled to Rwanda in another blow to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid to stand for a third term in office. Sources told the AFP news agency that the election commission’s vice president, Spes Caritas Ndironkeye, jetted out of the crisis-hit central African nation on late Friday, […]

Burundi elections: EU withdraws poll observers

Burundi elections: EU withdraws poll observers

The European Union has suspended its election monitoring mission in Burundi where President Pierre Nkurunziza is seeking a third term next month. The decision was taken because of restrictions on the media, excessive force against demonstrators and a climate of intimidation, it said. It comes as the Catholic Church said it would no longer help […]

Burundian Refugees Narrate Ordeal

Burundian Refugees Narrate Ordeal

Bernadine Ingabire has spent a month at Mahama refugee camp in Kirehe District, praying that calm returns to her home country Burundi. “It all went wrong when the ruling party started intimidating the opposition and arming its own militia(imbonerakure). I was a secretary to the leader (Mayor) of Cibitoke in Bujumbura… I saw my boss […]

Police Kill One During Anti-Nkurunziza Protest

Police Kill One During Anti-Nkurunziza Protest

A demonstrator has been shot dead and two others wounded when police opened fire on a group of around a hundred protesters in southern Burundi, a local official and witness said. Monday’s violence in Muyange in Bururi province, around 60km southeast of the capital, is one of the first confirmed reports of civil unrest erupting […]

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