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Burundi's opposition leader urges new election

Iran Press TV

Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:15PM

Burundi's main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa has called for a new election following incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza's victory in the recent presidential vote for a third consecutive term.

Rwasa said on Saturday he would not be against the formation of a unity government if its 'primary mission is to prepare free and democratic elections.'

On Friday, Burundi's electoral commission announced that Nkurunziza won a new term in office in the July 21 election, which was held amid ongoing bloody unrest in the African country.

According to official results, Nkurunziza won 69.41 percent of the votes in the presidential polls, which handed him an immediate first-round victory.

The presidential vote was held despite opposition to Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, which opponents say violates a constitutional two-term limit.

Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) said on Friday that it would review its cooperation with Burundi following the presidential election.

Last month, the opposition and civil society groups boycotted the parliamentary elections in the country, which was held on June 29, as well as the presidential vote, claiming they would not be free and fair.

Situated in the heart of central Africa's troubled Great Lakes region, over the past few months Burundi has been the scene of street demonstrations, a violent police crackdown and a failed coup attempt by a section of the army.

More than 100 people have been killed and many others wounded since Nkurunziza announced plans to run for a third term in April.

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