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Burundi holds election today

By on June 29, 2015

Polls in the parliamentary and local elections opened on Monday morning.

Several polling stations had been attacked in the capital and in the provinces, according to police.

Elections are being held in Burundi despite an opposition boycott and weeks of protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s plan to seek a third term.

The presidential election was due in June but was put back to 15 July after pressure from regional leaders.

Leading opposition parties and civil society groups are boycotting the poll.
The African Union (AU) is not sending observers to the general election, saying conditions for a free and fair vote have not been met.
The AU and the UN had called for the election to be postponed. But the government rejected the demands.

On Sunday, the speaker of parliament, Pie Ntavyohanyuma, said he had left the country because he feared he would be killed.
Tensions in Burundi have forced more than 100,000 people to flee this year.

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