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Burundi opposition to boycott poll

By on June 12, 2015

A group of 17 opposition parties in Burundi has agreed to boycott next month’s elections, saying they will not be free and fair.
The opposition says President Pierre Nkurunziza should not be allowed to seek a third term in office.

On Thursday, UN envoy Said Djinnit, who had been hosting talks between the two sides stepped down, as the opposition had demanded.

The opposition also noted that the electoral commission was not complete after two of its five members fled the country.

The presidential election was postponed by 18 days, which falls short of a call by regional leaders to delay the poll by at least six weeks.

The opposition and civil societies say Mr Nkurunziza’s attempt to run for office again contravenes the constitution, which states a president can only serve two terms.

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