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Vol 55 No 15

Published 25th July 2014


Burundi

Peace at risk

A climate of rising fear and uncertainty – never far from the surface in Burundi – is causing concern at home and abroad

The government is clamping down on elements within its former coalition partner, the mainly Tutsi Union pour le progrès national (Uprona) because of their opposition to President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempts to run for a third term of office in July 2015 and alter other parts of the constitution. Although Nkurunziza narrowly lost a vote to amend the constitution to allow him to stand again, he can try again – but not until March 2015. The United Nations has also expressed 'deep concern' about the political and security situation. Many years of civil war were brought to an uneasy end in 2000 with the Arusha Accords but widespread peace only took hold in 2006. The Accords set out power-sharing protocols between the Hutu and Tutsi communities, including ethnic quotas for government jobs.

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