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Burundi holds election amid virus

Many were surprised that Nkurunziza would step aside after a referendum in 2018 extended the presidential term to seven years | THE INDEPENDENT | Burundi held a peaceful on May 20 to pave way for President Pierre Nkurunziza to step aside but fear remains that disputes over results could lead …

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Burundi opposition leader rejects ‘fantasy’ early poll results

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi’s main opposition leader has rejected early signs the ruling party is heading for victory in this week’s general election, describing the results from 12 percent of municipalities as “fantasy.” “Absolutely I reject these results. These results being declared are a fantasy. They do not reflect …

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In Burundi, abuses persist in the shadows: rights groups

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Three years after fleeing persecution in Burundi for refuge in Tanzania, Jean Magorwa returned home, lured by assurances of peace and reconciliation. His family have not heard from him since, and are convinced he is dead. Rights groups say Magorwa is a victim of the political …

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Burundi: five years of political crisis

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi, which elects its president on May 20, has been mired in a political crisis since the last election in 2015, at the cost of 1,200 lives. The violence, sparked by opposition to Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third presidential term, stoked fears of a return …

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Burundi to vote in tense poll amid virus outbreak

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | Burundians will vote Wednesday in a tense general election, despite a largely-ignored outbreak of coronavirus which is set to be the first major challenge for the new president. President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has been in power since 2005, shocked observers by deciding to step aside, five …

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Burundi: poor country wracked by ethnic conflict

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The small, central African country of Burundi is one of the poorest in the world, with a history of political crises and ethnic massacres and a long civil war. Here are some key facts about the nation of 11 million people ahead of its May 20 …

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UN ‘deeply’ regrets Burundi expulsion of WHO team

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | UN investigators said Thursday they deeply regretted Burundi’s expulsion of World Health Organization experts who were supporting the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Burundi booted out the experts as the country prepares to go to the polls on Wednesday to choose a new president, parliamentarians …

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COVID-19: Burundi expels top WHO team

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi has ordered the expulsion of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) expert team backing the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, just days before a presidential election. The foreign ministry, in a letter to WHO Africa headquarters and seen by AFP on Wednesday, said the …

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Burundi launches poll campaign despite coronavirus fears

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi on Monday launched a campaign for next month’s presidential, legislative and municipal elections, ignoring allegations of downplaying the risk of coronavirus and reports of violence against the opposition. Seven candidates are running in the May 20 polls in the small East African nation, where life …

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Complaint filed with UN over Burundi ‘reprisals’ on lawyers

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | A legal complaint against Burundi was filed with a UN rights body on Thursday, over punitive actions taken against lawyers and activists who cooperated with a UN review of the country’s rights record. The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) filed a complaint with the United Nations Committee against Torture …

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