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UN Secretary General Urges “Calm and Restraint” Amid Burundi’s Political Crisis

Amid the growing political crisis in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all those involved “to exercise calm and restraint” in dealing with the situation.

Following the April 26th announcement from the country’s ruling political party that President Pierre Nkurunziza would run for an unconstitutional third term as president, violent protests erupted throughout the country. UN agencies on the ground reported that, as of late last week, the crisis has driven over 50,000 people to leave the country, seeking refugee status in neighbouring countries such as Rwanda and Tanzania.

As of today, a Burundian general, Major General Godefroid Niyombare, has attempted to depose the president in the name of forming a transitional government. The president, however, has dismissed the attempted coup, and is expected to address the issue upon his return from a regional summit in Tanzania.

French diplomats have called for the UN security council to consult on the situation, and diplomats have said that this is likely to take place on Thursday.

The presidential election is scheduled to take place on June 26th.

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