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Burundi: Protesters, police clash over president’s third term bid

Posted: Apr 26, 2015 at 6:33 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Thousands of protesters took the streets of Bujumbura, capital of Burundi, on Sunday to express disapproval of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office, in defiance of a ban against demonstrations.

The protests came on the heels of Pierre Nkurunziza announcing his intention to run again for office on Saturday. He was nominated as the presidential candidate the ruling CNDD-FDD party.

Protesters, with support from the opposition, who say the move would go against the agreement that put an end to a 12-year civil war in the country in 2005, in which thousands of people died, tried to take over the streets, heading towards the city centre. They put up barricades and bonfires, and threw stones at police who tried to keep law and order.

Spokesman for the Red Cross in Burundi, Alexis Manirakiza, told the BBC that at least five protesters were injured in the clashes and that one was in a coma. Many others have been arrested.

According to a Reuters report, Nkurunziza, at his nomination by his party, said: “I call people to go to the election in peace.

“But I would like to warn everyone: Whoever wants to create problems with the ruling party elected by the people, he’ll find himself in trouble.”

The President is only allowed two terms, but Nkurunziza’s supporters argue he is eligible for another term since he was appointed by parliament in 2005.