Monday, May 11, 2015

Burundi: EU, Switzerland and US requests a postponement of elections

Burundi's power is increasingly isolated. On Monday, the United States, the European Union and Switzerland have asked for the postponement of the elections.

After the African Union, the United States, the European Union and Switzerland on Monday demanded the postponement of elections in Burundi. Since late April, the country has experienced violent deadly protests against the third term of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

"The idea of ​​a slip of the electoral timetable would be for us a good thing," said a special envoy of the EU, Koen Vervaeke, speaking on behalf of the European Union, Switzerland and the United UNite at a meeting with the government. The US ambassador, Dawn Liberi, read a similar statement in English.

The Burundian very isolated power

Pierre Nkurunziza is increasingly isolated on the international stage. Monday, Belgium, the first bilateral partner of the electoral process and ex-colonial power in Burundi, decided to suspend its support to the electoral process . On May 7, it was the African Union, through the voice of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who warned the Burundian government, ensuring that the environment was "not conducive to the election."

The violence, which has already killed 18 people, also worried neighboring countries. A summit of the East African Community (Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania) is also scheduled for Wednesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

(With AFP)/

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