Los Angeles Times

President wins disputed vote

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Burundi’s electoral chief says President Pierre Nkurunziza has won re-election amid unrest over the constituti­onality of his bid for a third term.

Pierre-Claver Ndayicariy­e said Nkurunziza won 69% of the vote; his closest rival, Agathon Rwasa, got 19%.

Nkurunziza, 51, did not face a strong challenge in Tuesday’s polls after some opposition groups boycotted the election.

Rwasa, the leading opposition candidate, said his campaign had been hindered by officials.

The elections have been condemned internatio­nally as lacking credibilit­y because of violence, intimidati­on of opposition groups, the shutting down of independen­t media and the constituti­onality question. .

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