Burundi Presidency Sets Parliamentary Elections for June 29

Burundi will hold parliamentary elections on June 29, following a postponement because of anti-government protests, the East African nation’s presidency said.

President Pierre Nkurunziza also approved a presidential vote on July 15 and Senate elections on July 24, according to a decree posted on his website. The announcement comes after the election commission proposed poll dates earlier this week.

At least 21 people have died and more than 550 have been injured in unrest in Burundi since Nkurunziza announced a re-election bid in late April. Opponents say his candidacy violates a two-term limit set out in peace accords that in 2005 brought an end to a 12-year civil war.

More than 90,000 people have fled Burundi over the past two months, fearing a return to violence, according to the United Nations.

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