The Conference of Catholic Bishops in Burundi on Wednesday called for dialogue instead of confrontational means to end the current political crisis in the country. Burundi
“Let’s use dialogue and consultation and stop using violent means. The method, which so far has been beneficial to us, has been that of people in conflict sitting together to dialogue and consult,” said Bishop Gervais Banshimiyubusa, head of Conference of Catholic Bishops in Burundi.
The Conference recalled that it was the path of dialogue that resulted in the Arusha Peace Agreement signed in 2000 to end the civil war.
“Instead of sticking to this path of confrontation which mostly leads to loss of lives, our leaders and all other protagonists should embrace dialogue and consultation,” Banshimiyubusa added.
Since April 26, Burundi’s opposition parties and civil society groups have been organizing protests against a third term bid by incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza.
On Tuesday this week, Burundi’s Constitutional Court validated Nkurunziza’s candidature.
According to Burundi’s Constitution and the Arusha Peace Agreement, the president of the republic is elected for a period of five years, renewable once. No one can serve for more than two terms.”
Nkurunziza’s allies argue that he was elected in 2005 through indirect suffrage and re-elected in 2010 through direct suffrage. In their opinion therefore, the president is eligible for a second term election through direct suffrage. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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