EAC wants Burundi election postponed

East African Community ministers negotiating a peace deal in the Burundian crisis now want the presidential elections set for July 15 postponed by one and a half a months. The council also wants the Burundian government to release all leaders it arrested as a way of encouraging dialogue.

A protester runs in front of a burning barricade during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
A protester runs in front of a burning barricade during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Several key national figures in Burundi including the Vice President and the Speaker of Parliament have fled the country as the political crisis continued unabated. The team of ministers and their delegations, including Kenya’s East African Affairs and Trade Minister Phyllis Kandie, want President Pierre Nkurunziza to form a government of national unity that includes Opposition leaders in order to facilitate national healing.

East African leaders returned to Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam, to yet again try and resolve the political crisis in Burundi. At least 70 people have been killed in two months of protests there, sparked by president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to stand for a third term. Burundi’s electoral commission is yet to release results from the recent,parliamentary elections, boycotted by the opposition and internationally condemned as not being credible

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