• Burundi polls to push through


    BUJUMBURA, Burundi: Burundi’s ambassador to the United Nations said Friday that elections will go ahead as planned next week, despite the opposition vowing to boycott the polls and the US withdrawing its assistance. Parliamentary elections are set to be held on Monday and a presidential vote on July 15, despite months of turmoil sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for them to be delayed after the opposition said they would not take part in the polls, which come as Burundi faces its worst crisis since its civil war ended nine years ago. Hours later Washington said it was suspending assistance for the elections, which it said would not be credible, blaming Nkurunziza for trying to stay in office and violating the terms of a 2006 peace treaty.



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