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UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (UN-Peacebuilding)
A Burundian government spokesman said President Pierre Nkurunziza is committed to forming a national unity government after Tuesday’s election results are known. … Meanwhile, the African Union (AU) announced Wednesday it has started deploying military and human rights observers to Burundi.
After ‘broadly peaceful’ polls Ban urges parties to resume inclusive political dialogue (23.07.2015)
Taking note of the “broadly peaceful” conduct of polling in the Burundian presidential elections on 21 July, the top United Nations official today called on all parties to continue to remain calm and immediately resume an inclusive political dialogue.
Last ditch efforts to avoid Burundi crisis continue (15.07.2015)
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has left crisis talks between Burundi's rival political factions without a deal, but last-ditch efforts to end months of violence continue.
Burundi crisis gets serious for regional leaders (14.07.2015)
Burundi’s political crisis is centred on a leader who is refusing to leave office after almost 10 years. The man sent in to mediate has been in power for almost 30. Apart from that irony, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s arrival in Bujumbura underlines just how high the stakes are for regional...
Burundi presidential vote postponed to July 21 (11.07.2015)
Presidential elections in the crisis-hit central African nation of Burundi have been postponed to July 21, nearly a week later than originally scheduled, the presidency announced Saturday.
Museveni to mediate Burundi talks (08.07.2015)
President Museveni has been appointed to lead and facilitate the dialogue at the highest level in a bid to find a lasting solution to the current political situation in Burundi.
Burundi ruling party takes parliamentary elections (07.07.2015)
Burundi's ruling party has won the country's parliamentary elections. The country's National Electoral Commission said Tuesday that the CNDD-FDD party won 77 out of 100 seats in the National Assembly, reports VOA's Edward Rwema.
Leonard Ngendakumana threatens to launch armed uprising after Pierre Nkurunziza refuses to abandon bid for re-election.
Burundi on Sunday rejected a second UN diplomat named to help resolve the country's political crisis, saying a critical report about last week's parliamentary elections demonstrated bias.
UN monitors slam Burundi election (03.07.2015)
Burundi's parliamentary election has been declared neither fair nor free by UN monitors. Monday's poll was boycotted by opposition parties. The USA says Burundi's July 15 presidential election should be delayed.
Six killed in battles as Burundi awaits vote results (01.07.2015)
Six people including a policeman were killed in gun battles Wednesday in the latest violence in Burundi, as it awaits results from elections boycotted by the opposition and condemned internationally.
Some ten thousand refugees fled Burundi over the weekend before authorities managed to close the borders ahead of yesterday’s parliamentary elections, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.
Burundi elections: 'Grenade' targets polling station (29.06.2015)
A grenade was thrown at a polling station at the start of Burundi's parliamentary election, witnesses say. Elections were held despite an opposition boycott and weeks of protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to seek a third term. … The African Union (AU) has not sent observers - the...
Burundi Vice-President flees country (25.06.2015)
One of Burundi's vice-presidents has fled saying that he could not support the third-term bid of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Burundi government rejoins UN-led crisis talks (24.06.2015)
Burundi's government on Wednesday joined a fresh round of UN-led talks hoped to broker peace between rival parties following weeks of violence and ahead of elections on Monday. It comes one day after the ruling CNDD-FDD party slammed the talks as a diversion "aimed to disrupt the elections."
The EU warned Burundi on Monday it might impose sanctions on those responsible for violence and consider other steps against the aid-reliant nation, plunged into turmoil by the president's plan to run for a third term.
The United Nations on Sunday appointed a Senegalese diplomat to facilitate talks between rival factions in Burundi's political crisis after the opposition accused the previous mediator of bias.
Le gouvernement burundais a posé des conditions jeudi au déploiement d’experts militaires de l’Union africaine (UA), auquel il n’est pas opposé, mais a refusé la demande implicite de l’UA de fixer une nouvelle date aux élections.
AU calls for further delay of election (16.06.2015)
The African Union (AU) has called for a further deferment of the presidential poll slated for July 15 urging a consensus amongst the government and opposition to agree on a new date.
AU observers to oversee poll in Burundi (15.06.2015)
The African Union (AU) has announced that it will soon dispatch a 50-member observer mission to Burundi to assess the presidential elections scheduled for 15 July in that country. Parliamentary vote will be held on June 19.
The UN special envoy Said Djinnit has quit his role mediating crisis talks between the government and opposition parties in Burundi. The move follows accusations that he was biased toward the government's interests.
Burundi postpones elections amid crisis (10.06.2015)
Burundi is delaying its presidential elections following protests against the president’s bid for a third term in office. The move comes as regional bodies urge continued dialogue with the opposition to resolve the political crisis in the country.
Deeply worried at the increasingly violent and threatening actions by a pro-government militia in Burundi, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the national authorities to take immediate and concrete measures to rein them in.
The move follows weeks of political turmoil that saw a failed coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza after he bid for a third term. East African leaders had earlier called for the delays.
New ICG report: Burundi: peace sacrificed? (29.05.2015)
Despite the failed coup attempt on 13 May, popular mobilisation against outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term has not abated, and confrontation between the government and the “Halte au troisième mandat” (Stop the Third Mandate) street movement is intensifying.
The European Union suspended its observer mission in Burundi on Thursday because of the crackdown on the opposition and the media, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said. The team, which the EU sent to Burundi over a month ago, can no longer fulfill its role of helping with "peaceful,...
The United States said on Friday it had suspended training of Burundi soldiers for African peacekeeping missions over concerns that political violence in the country would hamper their ability to participate in such operations.
Presidential spokesman Willy Nyamitwe said the delay is at least partly a response to both domestic and international pressure.
The humanitarian crisis caused by the “escalating political tensions” in Burundi has worsened, according to the United Nations which today reported an uptick in the number of Burundian refugees seeking asylum and a deterioration in health conditions at refugee camps receiving them.
Burundi's president has sacked three cabinet ministers, as protests resumed after last week's failed coup. The president's spokesman denied that the dismissal of the defence, external relations and trade ministers was linked to the coup attempt.
Burundis crisis: the military’s central role (16.05.2015)
Recent events in Burundi, including mass protests over the President’s attempt for a third term, a failed coup attempt and a massive refugee flow over the Burundian borders, have triggered fears of a renewed internal conflict and (additional) regional instability.
The head of the African Union has said Burundi should consider postponing elections scheduled for May and June until it deals with political instability in the country.
International action is needed to avoid a catastrophe in Burundi, Jan Egeland, the head of the Norwegian Refugee Council and the former top humanitarian official for the United Nations, said on Wednesday. … "All lights are blinking in Burundi. All alarms are going. So where's the fire brigade,"...
Burundi's capital was rocked by demonstrations for a ninth day Wednesday as opposition supporters continued to protest a controversial decision by President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term.
Burundi's president said on Wednesday that, if elected for a third term in June, it would be his last and he would not run for office again after that, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
Burundi's constitutional court on Tuesday cleared the way for President Pierre Nkurunziza to bid for a third term in office, angering protesters on the streets of the capital who are demanding he back down.
Burundi court to examine president's third-term bid (29.04.2015)
Burundi's constitutional court is to examine the legality of President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the Senate has said, after three days of political unrest that has left at least five people dead.
Hundreds of people, including leading rights activist Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, have been arrested in Burundi as protests continued on Monday, the second day of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for another term in office.
Burundi's ruling party said Thursday it was poised to designate its candidate for upcoming presidential elections, with incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza expected to defy a two-term limit and seek re-election.
How fragile is Burundi's peace? (22.04.2015)
The number of Burundians who have fled abroad to escape pre-election violence has swollen to more than 12,000 in less than a month, and they are taking with them allegations of murder, torture and intimidation by ruling party thugs.
Elections in Burundi: moment of truth – ICG report (17.04.2015)
The elections scheduled to take place between the end of May and August 2015 will be decisive for Burundi. The future of the present rulers (President Pierre Nkurunziza considers running for a third term) and, more importantly, the upholding of the 2000 Arusha agreement as the foundation for peace,...
Burundi police clash with protestors ahead of polls (17.04.2015)
Police in Burundi on Friday fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters calling for the president not to run for a third term, as tensions rise in the central African state.
About 6,000 Burundians have fled into Rwanda over the past month, Rwandan officials said, fearing violence in the build up to a presidential election. Speculation has grown that Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza will seek a third term, leading to the worst political tensions since a 12-year...
Political storm clouds have been gathering over Burundi, with worries the president's ambitions for a constitutionally-questionable third term in office could reignite violence in a country still regaining its footing after years of civil war.
Dozens of senior officials in Burundi's ruling party have urged President Pierre Nkurunziza to abandon a quest for a third term this June to avoid renewed violence in the landlocked central African nation.
Starting in May, Burundians are scheduled to go to the polls for the third time since the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement and subsequent cease-fire agreements ended the Burundian civil war in 2003. These are important elections with significant consequences for the consolidation of peace...
Process to ensure free, fair elections in Burundi requires ‘sustained attention’ – UN SC (18.02.2015)
The United Nations Security Council today urged the Government of Burundi to establish a climate of freedom and openness conducive to the holding of elections later this year and expressed concern about reports of intimidation, harassment, arbitrary detention and other curtailments to the enjoyment...
Burundian army accused of murdering rebels (27.01.2015)
Burundian soldiers shot dead 17 rebels at point-blank range after they surrendered in January, witnesses have told the BBC. … Burundi's army denied the allegation, saying 95 rebels were killed in a five-day battle in the remote north-west.