Burundi’s Parliamentary Elections Postponed

first_imgBurundi’s electoral body announced Wednesday it will delay scheduled local and parliamentary elections after more than a month of sometimes violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term.Nkurunziza’s campaign for a third presidential term ignited Burundi’s worst crisis since an ethnically-fuelled civil war ended in 2005. His opponents say he is constitutionally prohibited from running for a third term.Regional bloc East African Community on Sunday asked the Burundian government to postpone elections for at least 45 days and to use the time to ensure that there is a conducive environment to hold the polls. More than 90,000 Burundians have fled the country fearing violence. Burundi has had a long history of political upheaval that has been characterized by political assassinations and coups.Officials are waiting for a proposal from the electoral commission on the new dates for election. Parliamentary elections were scheduled for Friday while presidential polls were slated for June 26.last_img

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