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Burundi Elections: Nkurunziza wins Third Term

Posted: Jul 25, 2015 at 2:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a controversial third term, taking nearly 70 per cent of the vote, according to provisional results from the country’s electoral commission.

Opposition leader, Agathon Rwasa, won 19 per cent of the vote after his name was left on the ballot paper, despite a boycott.

At least 70 people have been killed since Nkurunziza announced in April that he would run for a third term.

The government accused the opposition of provoking violent protests.

Opponents said that his bid was illegal, due to a limit of two terms in the constitution.

Final, official results are expected at the end of next week.

Turnout was more than 73 per cent, higher than many analysts predicted, although it was significantly lower in the capital, Bujumbura, where most of the protests have been.

Opposition leader, Agathon Rwasa, accused Nkurunziza of presiding over corruption and extrajudicial killings.