Ghana urges Burundi government to hold talks with key parties over elections

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Ghana’s government on Thursday urged its Burundian counterpart to hold consultations with key parties in the country to create an environment for “free, fair, transparent and credible” elections due next month, as protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bid continues.

President Pierre Nkurunziza
President Pierre Nkurunziza

The government also called on East African nations to continue their efforts towards bringing peace and order back in Burundi, according to a statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hanna Serwaa Tetteh.
Burundi has been in turmoil since April 25 when Nkurunziza, who has been in power since 2005, announced that his re-election decision despite warnings at home and abroad.
Clashes between protesters and police, mainly in Bujumbura, have left more than 30 dead, according to Burundi’s civil society groups.
Opponents say Nkurunziza’s third-term bid violates the constitution that limits the president to two terms in office. Enditem

-Xinhua

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