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UN chief appeals for secure Burundi elections

29 june 2015, 15:13
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ©AFP
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ©AFP

On the eve of highly-charged elections, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged the government of Burundi to ensure that voting takes place in a secure environment, AFP reports.

After months of turmoil, Ban had on Friday urged Burundi to delay the vote after the opposition announced a boycott, but the government rejected his appeal.

The UN chief said in a statement that he was "concerned about the government of Burundi's insistence on going ahead with elections on 29 June despite the prevailing political and security environment."

He "emphasizes the responsibility of the government of Burundi to ensure that elections take place in a secure environment" and to ensure the safety of UN observers.

Parliamentary and local elections set to be held on Monday will be followed by a presidential vote on July 15.

Ban appealed to all sides to refrain from violence after three people were killed overnight Saturday, adding to the more than 70 killed in weeks of violence.

Burundi was plunged into turmoil in late April when President Pierre Nkurunziza launched his drive for a third consecutive five-year term, triggering widespread protests.


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