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Burundi Elections: Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza Adamant on Seeking 3rd Term Despite Violent Protests

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Elections commenced in Burundi on Tuesday, and so far, there has been a lot of violence, as sitting president, Pierre Nkurunziza, is seeking a third term in office despite protests against his candidacy.

According to CNN:

Scattered gunfire could be heard in the streets of the capital, Bujumbura, and ballot casting was light in the first hours after polling stations opened.

Overnight, two people – a police officer and a civilian – were killed in separate incidents in pre-election violence, authorities said.

Scores have died in Burundi since Nkurunziza said he will run for a third term, which would extend his decade in office by five more years.

Critics say a third term is prohibited by a peace accord that ended the 1993-2003 civil war.

The report further states that over 170,000 people have fled the country to neighbouring nations, as it is feared that Burundi will return to a conflict similar to the civil war that left 300,000 people dead.

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12 Comments

  1. Toke

    July 21, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Oya o my people, let us show that we are intellectuals and knowledgeable. This one no be relationship talk o, na for people who de read wide.

    • olu

      July 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Most people don’t come to blogs to read such stories…..there’s no gbeborun factor here 🙂

  2. olu

    July 21, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Another African leader who thinks it is his royal throne.

  3. Nma

    July 21, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    God bless GEJ.

  4. Jo!

    July 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    What is wrong with African leaders? sigh

  5. Reverse

    July 21, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Typical of Africa’s sit tight leaders… they don’t care if millions die. This is the same stunt ‘saint Obj’ pulled and failed… which birth his letter writing career. Maybe Nkruruziza should try a new career

  6. Gorgeous

    July 21, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    some people dont hear word until their life is directly in danger, and they are treated like animals.

  7. Uzo Udonma

    July 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Power has a way of overwhelming mankind… He is a clear example of the impact it can have on you…

  8. Ada

    July 22, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Shameless idiots!!! Leadership is not by force. Wishing your family goes through what those lost lives have been through!

  9. J

    July 22, 2015 at 9:51 am

    SMH, why does he want to hold onto power by all means???? What great things had he done to want to keep holding on??? Shame on YOU!!!!!!! The blood of the dead are on you IDJIT!!!

  10. Ogamazi

    July 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    What befall others will surely come for him. Let him ask Murbarka how far. Btw I he never seen my comments published b4. Why BN?

  11. ABUBAKAR ALIYU NDAMUDI

    August 20, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    THIS MAN IS MAD. THE DEMONS OF BURUNDI HAVE BLOCKED HIS EARS , PREPARING HIM FOR TOTAL DESTRUCTION. I PRAY GOD TO RESCUE THE SAINTS IN THE LAND.

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