A.U. urged to deploy troops more quickly
The African Union’s peace and security council on Saturday recommended that the organization hasten plans for sending troops to Burundi if violence in the central African nation worsens, and it called for investigations into rights abuses there. The council also said the A.U. would impose sanctions against anyone who incited further violence in Burundi.
Burundi has suffered months of violent turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April that he would seek a third term, a move that triggered protests and a failed coup. The opposition said the president’s decision violated the constitution and a peace deal that ended a civil war in 2005. Nkurunziza won the July 21 election, which was boycotted by his opponents.
In recent weeks, Burundi has seen increased shootings and grenade attacks targeting top government officials and members of the opposition.
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