Burundi’s Parliament Rejects UN Plan to Deploy Police Force

Burundi’s parliament rejected a United Nations plan to send police officers to help calm a crisis that’s left hundreds of people dead in the East African country since April last year.

The national assembly resists any implementation of the UN Security Council resolution, which failed to take into account the Burundian government’s objection to the plan, the parliament said in a statement posted on its Twitter account.

The Security Council on July 29 voted to send as many as 228 officers to Burundi. Unrest in the landlocked country has claimed more than 470 lives and forced 220,000 people from their homes since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to stand for a third term, a move his opponents called unconstitutional.

Burundi’s army spokesman, Colonel Gaspard Baratuza, told reporters on Friday that 11 soldiers undertaking training, including in Ethiopia and Belgium, have deserted this month. Some of them had been misled by rumors on social media, he said, without elaborating.

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