Burundi’s presidential election, which was set for July 15 has been postponed to July 21, a presidential spokesman told Reuters on Saturday July 11. The election has been delayed amid turmoil in the country, which emerged from civil war only a decade ago.
On June 29, polls opened for parliamentary elections which caused an increase in violence in the state due to the President, Pierre Nkurunziza, announcing that he will be running for a third term in office, which is considered unconstitutional by his opponents. His announcement triggered weeks of protests in April. The African Union announced that it was pulling its election observers out of the state and it did not consider the elections to be free and fair.
On Friday there were clashes between unidentified gunmen and soldier in Kayanza province, near the border to Rwanda, reported Reuters. This has further exacerbated the tensions in the region, which has a history of ethnic conflict.
Nkurunziza’s opposition are boycotting the election which they also did previously in the parliamentary elections.