The United States (U.S.) government has reiterated opposition to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to run for a third term in the coming elections.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura, said Nkurunziza’s candidacy violates the Arusha Agreement that was signed in 2000 to end Burundi’s civil war and set a two-term limit to the president.
Spokesman for the U.S. State Department, John Kirby, said the U. S. government maintained its position that Burundi’s government should respect the principles of the Arusha agreement regarding limitation of presidential terms, the statement said.
During an extraordinary summit on the Burundi crisis, held on May 31 in Tanzania, the East African Community, which Burundi is included as a member state, urged that the country postpones its elections for one and half months — a proposal welcomed by Burundi’s government.
Kirby urged the sub-region to play a leadership role in the search for a solution to the Burundi crisis, and to organize high level visits to the country to remind the Burundian authorities of the importance of the Arusha Peace Agreement. Enditem