Sunday 22 April 2018

Burundi's President on his way to a third term despite security crisis and protests?

Burundi's president registered on Friday to run for a third term, in a move likely to stoke anger among protesters opposing his bid for another five years in office.

Crowds have taken to the streets of the capital and clashed with police for almost two weeks, saying Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to run again violates the constitution and a peace deal that ended an ethnically-charged civil war in 2005.

The constitutional court ruled this week he could stand, saying his first term did not count because he was picked by parliament rather than elected by the people.

Opponents say the court is biased and have vowed to keep protesting until he withdraws from the race. They have called for the election to be delayed due to the unrest.

"For me, the electoral schedule has to be respected," the former Hutu rebel leader-turned-president said after registering at the election commission, known as CENI.

"I would like to say that 99 percent of Burundi is in peace, demonstrations are just happening in a small part of Bujumbura."
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