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Burundi’s general want to oust Nkurunziza

By on July 10, 2015

General Leonard Ngendakumana took part of a failed coup attempt in May. He said his group was still working to oust President Pierre Nkurunziza, accusing him of stoking ethnic divisions in Burundi.

Opponents say the president’s re-election bid violates the constitution and a peace deal that in 2005 ended the civil war.

Ngendakumana, 46, who is out of Burundi, said the president and his allies were behind stoking ethnic tensions and were arming the ruling CNDD-FDD’s youth-wing Imbonerakure, widely seen as a Hutu force.

For him “This situation can lead to a genocide.”

The United Nations, African states and Western nations have also expressed alarm about the arming of Imbonerakure.

CNDD-FDD officials deny charges its youths have been armed. They say it is a mixed ethnic group that is devoted to political campaigns and other party activities.

Protesters have regularly clashed with the police.

Ngendakumana said the international community could ratchet up the pressure by delivering on threats to impose sanctions.

The United States and the European Union have threatened sanctions against those it blames for stoking violence.

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