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Burundi says has delayed elections

By on June 4, 2015

Burundi’s electoral body has delayed planned local and parliamentary elections in response to an appeal from African leaders, the head of the election body said on Wednesday, after more than a month of protests against the president’s bid for a third term.

With no sign of an end to the unrest, African leaders meeting at a summit in Tanzania called for a delay in the election timetable of at least a month and a half.

“The June 5 local and parliamentary elections are postponed until another date that is unknown. The authorised persons will announce it in hours, in days ahead,” electoral body CENI president Pierre Claver Ndayicariye said in a broadcast on state television.

Nkurunziza has previously defended his decision to run again by citing a constitutional court ruling saying he can do so, but the government has also said it is open to the idea of postponing the poll schedule.

Separately, a group of 17 opposition parties that had broken off U.N. and African Union-led talks meant to break the political stalemate said they would resume them, but Nkurunziza’s term appeared reluctant.

“We can’t go into elections with Nkurunziza; it would be against constitution,” Charles Nditije, speaking on behalf of the parties, said.
Those votes could now be shifted back further, along with the June 26 presidential vote and July 17 senate election.

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