Burundian Lawmakers Vote to Quit International Criminal Court

Burundi lawmakers voted in favor of a proposal to withdraw the East African country from the International Criminal Court, the president of the National Assembly said.

Of a total 110 members of parliament who attended, 94 voted for the country to pull out, two opposed and 14 abstained, Pascal Nyabenda said in a statement broadcast on national radio. The bill needs approval from Burundi’s senate before President Pierre Nkurunziza can sign it into law.

Landlocked Burundi has been rocked by unrest since April 2015, when Nkurunziza said he would stand for a third term in elections, which he subsequently won. The Hague-based ICC said in April this year that it was conducting a preliminary examination into the violence to determine whether to proceed with an investigation.

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