Burundi Civil Society Sues President Over Vote Bid, Nation Says

The East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum and a group of Burundian lawyers filed a lawsuit challenging President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to seek re-election for a third term.

The president’s attempt to remain in office would be unconstitutional and violate the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed in 2000, the Nairobi-based newspaper reported Tuesday, citing lawyer Donald Omondi Deya.

The lawsuit was filed Monday at the East Africa Court of Justice and will be heard Wednesday in Arusha, Tanzania, according to the newspaper.

The East African nation is scheduled to hold presidential elections July 21.