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May 20, 2015 5:22 AM

Burundi: Parliamentary polls postponed to June amid unrest

The Associated Press

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza on Wednesday signed a decree to postpone parliamentary elections for a week from May 26 until early June.

Nkurunziza's decision to delay the elections followed a request from the election commission, Willy Nyamitwe, the presidential adviser for media, told The Associated Press.

The postponement comes after a failed coup last week which was triggered by weeks of unrest over Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office.

Police were back on the streets Wednesday battling protesters. The army had been deployed Monday to battle protesters putting the military in a difficult position as it had previously remained neutral over the anti-Nkurunziza demonstrations.

Protesters say Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in the June 26 presidential election is illegal because the constitution only allows two five-year terms.


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