Bu­rundi pres­i­dent ‘won’t at­tend’ cri­sis sum­mit

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Burundian Pres­i­dent Pierre Nku­run­z­iza will not at­tend a sum­mit of re­gional lead­ers in Tan­za­nia on Sun­day fo­cus­ing on the cri­sis in his coun­try, his spokesman said.

“Pres­i­dent Nku­run­z­iza will not go to Dar es Salaam,” Ger­vais Abahiro told AFP. “He will be rep­re­sented there by his for­eign min­is­ter. He is cam­paign­ing (for elec­tions) and de­cided to del­e­gate his min­is­ter.”

The heads of state of Rwanda, Uganda, Tan­za­nia and Kenya were to meet in the Tan­za­nian port city to tackle the cri­sis in Bu­rundi stem- ming from Nku­run­z­iza’s con­tro­ver­sial bid to stand for a third term in of­fice.

It was dur­ing a first cri­sis meet­ing on May 13 in Tan­za­nia’s eco­nomic cap­i­tal, at­tended by Nku­run­z­iza, that a top gen­eral launched an un­suc­cess­ful bid to oust him.

The Bu­rundi cap­i­tal Bu­jum­bura has been hit by weeks of civil un­rest that has left at least 30 peo­ple dead in a ma­jor crack­down.

Bu­rundi’s gov­ern­ment in­sisted Fri­day that par­lia­men­tary elec­tions will go ahead on June 5 de­spite the on­go­ing po­lit­i­cal cri­sis.

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