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Burundi’s Agathon Rwasa to challenge Nkurunziza

By on June 14, 2015

Burundi’s main opposition leader has said he will participate in next month’s presidential election if certain conditions are met.

Mr Rwasa said the current crisis should be resolved first to avoid “an election that may not meet all the democratic credentials”.

Burundi has been hit by street protests and a failed coup since President Nkurunziza announced in April that he would seek re-election.

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

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