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Vol 53 No 3

Published 3rd February 2012


Burundi

Storm over opposition man

Tanzania arrested a Burundian seen by many as a man of peace but UN experts say he supports armed rebellion

Tanzania released the Burundian opposition leader Alexis Sinduhije on 24 January in what is widely seen as a serious diplomatic and political setback for the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi. The Tanzanian authorities had arrested Sinduhije, a leader of the Mouvement pour la solidarité et la démocratie (MSD) and founder of Radio Publique Africaine (RPA, AC Vol 51 No 13), at Dar es Salaam airport as he stepped off an aeroplane from Kampala on 11 January. The detention was at the request of Burundian intelligence, security sources in Bujumbura said.

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