Thursday, July 30, 2015

Burundi: Opposition leader occupies top post despite reject polls

Burundi's main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa has taken a senior post in parliament, despite condemning the parliamentary and presidential polls held earlier this month, reports the BBC's Prime Ndikumagenge from the capital, Bujumbura.

MPs elected Mr Rwasa as the parliamentary deputy speaker while the speaker's post went to a member of the ruling CNDD-FDD party.

He won 108 votes out of 112 after receiving the backing of the CNDD-FDD, the AFP news agency reports.

More than 70 people were killed in protests against Mr Nkurunziza's bid for a third term ahead of the 21 July presidential election.

-BBC online

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