A Burundian party, Union for National Progress (UPRONA), on Thursday “deplored” the Constitutional Court’s ruling allowing incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza to contest for a third term. wpid-burundi-crisi.jpg
“UPRONA party has always called for respect of the Constitution and the Arusha Agreement. In this regard, it deplores the Constitutional Court’s ruling which was delivered with the full knowledge that the current president had already served his two terms,” said Claude Banyiyezako, one of the party’s directors.
According to Burundi’s Constitution and the Arusha Peace Agreement, the president of the republic can only serve for one five-year term, renewable only once.
Banyiyezako further revealed that UPRONA party will participate in the forthcoming elections and urged the party’s political partners not to commit the error committed in 2010 when they decided to boycott the elections.
With regards to the ongoing protests against a third term bid by the incumbent president, Banyiyezako urged protesters not to use violence when they exercise their constitutional rights, and for the security forces not to use disproportionate force in their duties of keeping law and order.
The wave of protests that broke out on April 26, a day after the endorsement of Nkurunziza as the candidate for the ruling party, CNDD-FDD, has so far claimed 17 lives.
Elsewhere, the government announced on Thursday that it would punish civil servants who will be absent because of protests.
“From now henceforth, all the key roads will be secured and there will be no excuse for not coming to work. Those absent will have their salaries deducted based on the number of days they will be absent,” Government Spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba said in a press statement. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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