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Major Unrest in Burundi ahead of Presidential Elections

Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burund - Public domain

Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burund – Public domain

At least 19 violent incidents have been documented since the beginning of 2014 in Burundi ahead of the presidential elections. The unrest centers on amendments to the constitution proposed by president Nkurunziza that could allow him to run for a third term. The CNDD-FDD ruling party and its youth wing are accused of disrupting opposition's meetings and the killing of one  opposition leader. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expresses concerns over the situation :

Next year’s elections will be a key test for Burundi. Continued political violence is a threat to the democratic process in a country which is still slowly recovering from a devastating protracted civil war

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