28 Apr '15, 12pm

Burundi president sticks to third term bid despite protests

Burundi president sticks to third term bid despite protests

BUJUMBURA: Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza will continue his bid for a third term in power, a spokesman said on Tuesday (Apr 28) dismissing calls by protesters who have clashed with police for three days. At least five people have died since clashes broke out Sunday after the ruling CNDD-FDD party, which has been accused of intimidating opponents, designated Nkurunziza its candidate in for presidential elections due to be held in the central African nation on June 26. "We won't back down, that is out of the question," presidential communications chief Willy Nyamitwe told AFP, blaming demonstrators for the violence and accusing some of them of carrying guns. "This path of violence they have chosen, we recall the darkest years of our history," he said. The government has banned all protests and deployed large numbers of police and troops onto the streets, firing live a...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/burundi-preside...

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