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African Union Refuses to Observe Burundi’s Election

The African Union announced on Sunday that it will not observe Burundi’s legislative elections that are scheduled for Monday. The reason for this is that since Burundi has been in turmoil since April over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, the African Union feels that the necessary conditions for a free, fair and transparent election are non-existent in Burundi as of yet.

As of yesterday, three people were killed overnight in the capital, Bujumbura. Additionally, the country’s parliamentary speaker Pie Ntavyohanyuma fled Burundi after Nkurunziza threatened and humiliated him because Ntavyohanyuma advised him to drop his plan for a third term. For now, Nkurunziza has cited a constitutional court ruling that allows him to run for president again.

Meanwhile, Burundians live in uncertainty amidst the political crisis. With over 127,000 who have fled the country and dozens who have been killed in the months of unrest. Although the elections will not be observed by the African Union, they are still happening. However, the opposition to Nkurunziza’s unconstitutional third term is boycotting the elections out of protest.

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