Protests against president’s 3rd term project resume in Burundi

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BUJUMBURA –  Protests against the plan by Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek an unconstitutional third term in office resumed on Monday after a 48-hour break announced by the opposition, report said.
It added that the break in protests was called to pave the way for the burial of the 10 people, including protesters and security agents, who were killed during previous protests.
It noted that as the protests resumed, streets were blocked while bonfires dotted the landscape as protesters clashed with anti-riot police.
“Burundians are awaiting the verdict of the Constitutional Court on the legality or otherwise of the President’s third term quest’’, it said.
On Sunday evening, Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana, called the political stakeholders for a meeting, under the aegis of the UN, to discuss ways to resolve the tension generated by the third term ambition of the President.

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It said the opposition had vowed not to yield ground in its rejection of the third term plan.
Report says Burundi’s presidential election is scheduled for June, and tension is very high ahead of the polls mainly due to the President’s quest to remain in office beyond the constitutionally-mandated two terms. (PANA/NAN)
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