On our Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Program:
“Political Instability in Burundi and Regional Implications”
Despite a failed coup attempt, and sporadic, violent, nationwide protests, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza remains steadfast in his plans to run for a third term. Burundi's existing political structure were founded on the 2000 Arusha agreement, which brought to an end the civil war between Hutu and Tutsi factions that had killed up to 300,000 people. That agreement states the president can serve no more than two terms in office. But the 2005 constitution states the president must be elected through “universal direct suffrage” – interpreted to mean a popular vote. President Nkurunziza was elected by parliament to his first term, so, his supporters argue, he is eligible to run again. Demonstrators say he has had his chance and most of the international community agrees. Last week, the Secretary General of the East African Community and Tanzania’s East Africa Community Minister called for the June 26th election to be postponed until the nation is stable and to respect the country’s constitution. In recent weeks, the Great Lakes region has had to bear brunt of the Burundian conflict with over 100,000 people fleeing the nation to escape political violence. Many of the refugees have crossed into Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" when host Shaka Ssali and his guests examine the regional implications of Burundi’s political instability.
VOA Central Africa Service
via Phone: Bujumbura, Burundi
Washington Studio Guests:
Burundian Diaspora Political Analyst and Independent International Development Consultant
Rev. Aniedi Okure, OP, Ph.D.
Africa Faith and Justice Network Executive Director and Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies Fellow
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