Burundi’s presidential elections continue amid violence

By Editorial Board - 21 July 2015 at 6:00 pm

Monday July 21, Burundi’s presidential elections have gone ahead amid violence in the country. Since President Pierre Nkurunziza’s announced that he was planning to run for a third consecutive term widespread tension and violence erupted in the country.

The night before the elections gunfire and explosions killed two people in the capital, Bujumbura.

The opposition claim that standing for a third term is unconstitutional and are boycotting the elections. The government, however, have accused them of provoking the violent protests within country.

Maud Jullien, the BBC’s reporter in Bujumbura, stated that the shooting continued in the streets on Monday morning.

The Chief communications adviser Willy Nyamitwe told the BBC: “People do it to intimidate voters. They don’t want the voters to go to the polls.”

The presidential office has labelled the latest protests against the elections as terrorist acts meant to disrupt the election process.

According to the charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), about 1000 people have been fleeing into Tanzania each day to escape the violence.

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