Burundi elections to be postponed after weeks of unrest

Burundi Political TensionsPRESIDENTIAL and parliamentary elections have been postponed in Burundi, an official said yesterday, following weeks of unrest in the capital over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office, AP reports.

Presidential adviser for media and information Willy Nyamitwe said officials are waiting for a proposal from the electoral commission on the new dates for elections. Parliamentary elections were scheduled for Friday while presidential polls were slated for June 26.

Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, has been rocked by weeks of protests following the April 25 announcement of Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office. At least 20 people have died in street battles with police. The protests gave rise to an attempted coup in mid-May, which was crushed in 48 hours.

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