Burundi Opposition May Pull Out of Crisis Talks Over ArrestDesire Nimubona
Burundi’s main opposition coalition threatened to withdraw from talks with the government over the East African country’s almost 18-month political crisis after one of its senior members was arrested.
The group of more than 10 parties, known as Cnared, said on its Facebook page that it may take the step following the arrest of Gervais Niyongabo in the nation’s southern Makamba province on Wednesday. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said Thursday on his Twitter account that Niyongabo has been detained on suspicion of endangering national security.
Landlocked Burundi has been roiled by unrest that’s claimed more than 470 lives since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he’d run for a third term, a move his opponents called unconstitutional.
Nkurikiye said that eight policemen and 15 army officers have been arrested in the past two weeks for posing threats to the country’s security.