Burundi Government Suspends Opposition Party MSD For Six Months

Burundi’s government suspended operations of the opposition Movement for Solidarity and Democracy and ordered its offices closed for six months, according to a decree shown to reporters on Friday in the capital, Bujumbura.

“The party was expecting this decision from the government,” spokesman Francois Nyamoya said in a written statement.

Landlocked Burundi has been roiled by violence since April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term, and the government has stopped operations of several civil society organizations and seized their accounts since an aborted coup a month later.

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