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Burundi President Concedes Election Defeat to Ex-Hutu Rebel Group

Domitien Ndayizeye (File photo)
Burundi's President Domitien Ndayizeye has conceded defeat following his party's loss in parliamentary elections to a former Hutu rebel group.

President Ndayizeye urged all parties Wednesday, to accept the will of the people.

With all the votes counted from Monday's poll, the former Hutu rebels, the Forces for the Defense of Democracy, FDD, came in first with 58 percent.

Mr. Ndayizeye's ruling Hutu party, Front for Democracy in Burundi, was a distant second, and a party of ethnic minority Tutsis, UPRONA, came in third.

The new lawmakers will help select a president in August.

Monday's vote was just one of series of post-war elections created under a peace deal to end more than a decade of civil war between Burundi's Tutsi-dominated army and Hutu rebels.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.