Defiant Burundian President Sworn In For Third Term

Nkruziza
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Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has been sworn in for a controversial third term in power Thursday, the presidency said. The presidency statement said Nkurunziza took the “oath for a new term of five years”. He stood in and won an election disputed by local and foreign opposition. His decision to seek a third term sparked deadly protest and a failed coup. There have been a string of killings since his reelection, including of a top general, killed in a rocket attack last month. No foreign head of state was present, and only South Africa was represented at ministerial level. Several African countries, as well as China and Russia, sent their ambassadors.

The ambassadors of European Union nations and the United States did not attend, but were represented by lower ranking officials.

The United Nations observer mission said the vote last month was not “inclusive free and credible” and was held “in an environment of profound mistrust” between political rivals.

Nkurunziza won 69.41 percent of the vote, an immediate first round victory.

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