Burundi ruling party to decide if president to seek third term




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NAIROBI  – Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD a congress this weekend decide whether President Pierre Nkurunziza will seek a third five-year term, a move that the opposition and diplomats worry could spark fresh unrest.

“It will be Saturday,” CNDD-FDD party president Pascal Nyabenda told Reuters a short phone message when asked about the date for the congress. He also confirmed the party would that day on whether Nkurunziza will be the candidate.

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Opponents say a another term would violate a 10-year limit outlined in the and an agreement that ended a 12-year civil in 2005. His backers say his first term does count because he was picked by lawmakers and not voted in.

 

*(Reuters)*