Burundi:Electoral commission proposes to postpone elections

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Burundi has witnessed chaos since president Nkurunziza was designated to vie for a third term by the ruling party

Burundi’s electoral commission  has proposed the postponement of both parliamentary and presidential elections.

That proposal now needs to be approved. Meanwhile President  Pierre Nkurunziza, has warned against any fresh move by the opposition to try and unseat him.

His controversial bid to seek a third term has sparked weeks of civil unrest and a failed coup attempt.

Nkurunziza has been spending time in his home town in the north of the country, rather than the capital, Bujumbura.

A summit of leaders of the East African Community  Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Sunday called for the president to postpon the elections for at least a month and a half.

Presidential spokesman Gervais Abayeho said the electoral commission was looking into the request and would advise the government.

More than 20 people have been killed by security forces in protests decrying his move as a violation of the constitution.

The crisis in Burundi erupted after the ruling party designated Mr Nkurunziza who has been in power for 10 years, as its candidate for upcoming elections.

President Pierre Nkurunziza himself said in April he would run for another term in a 26 June vote.

The opposition and rights groups said this violates the constitution as well as a 2006 peace deal that ended a 13-year civil war.

The war left hundred of thousands dead, and there are widespread fears that the current crisis could push the impoverished, landlocked country back into conflict.

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