Burundi to Postpone Presidential Elections to July 26

Burundi to postpone presidential elections to July 26 vs earlier date of June 26, Willy Nyamitwe, spokesperson in presidency’s office, says in interview in Dar Es Salaam.

  • Won’t allow postponement to go beyond constitutional office limit of Aug. 26; President Pierre Nkurunziza’s term ends that day
  • Nyamwite says he doesn’t have a date on which parliamentary elections will be held
  • NOTE: Initial plan was to hold parliamentary and presidential polls on June 5 and 26, respectively
  • NOTE: Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete, Uganda’s Yowerri Museveni, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma are meeting in Dar Es Salaam to find a solution to the crisis in Burundi after Nkurunziza’s announced plans to run a third term
  • Nkurunziza didn’t attend East African Community summit in Dar Es Salaam “because of the security situation at home,” Nyamwite says