Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza wins third term in office

By Editorial Board - 24 July 2015 at 7:25 pm
A Burundian official stamps after checking the voting card of a voter before he casts his ballot in parliamentary elections in Ngozi, Burundi, Monday, June 29, 2015.  Burundians are voting in parliamentary elections marked by an opposition boycott and the threat of violence as police battle anti-government protesters in the capital. (AP Photo/Gildas Ngingo).

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza wins his third term in office in disputed presidential elections. The results were announced on Friday by Burundi’s electoral commission.

The elections have been marred with violence and were boycotted by Nkurunziza’s opposition.

Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, the head of the electoral commission, told reporters on Friday July 24, 2015, that Nkurunziza had won the elections with a 69.41 percent of the votes cast. His closest rival, Agathon Rawasa, walked away with only 18.99 percent of the votes. Rawasa has refused to recognise the results.

The United Kingdom, United States and human rights groups condemned the vote itself saying it was not credible due to the persecution and intimidation of the opposition leaders, rights activist, voters and journalists.

The decision taken a few months ago by the president threw the East African country into conflict and violence, the biggest crisis since the ethnically motivated civil war, which ended in 2005. The constitution of Burundi clearly states that a president may only serve two terms. However, President Nkurunziza’s party claimed he was eligible to run for another term as a popularly elected president as for his first term he was elected by lawmakers.

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