Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza

Burundian civil society organizations engaged in the campaign dubbed “Halt to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term” Wednesday called on Burundians and foreigners living in Burundi to protest against Nkurunziza’s third term in the upcoming elections.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza

“We invite all Burundian citizens and foreigners living in Burundi to press horns of their cars and motorbikes as well as to beat other objects that can make noise tomorrow (Thursday) at 12: 20 for two minutes. This is meant to force President Nkurunziza to avoid his plans to run the third term in the upcoming presidential election,” said Vital Nshimirimana, chairman of the umbrella for Burundian civil society organizations in Burundi (FORSC) in a press conference.
Nshimirimana said that the FORSC ? a coalition made up by some 477 civil society organizations ? and other 14 civil society organizations have sent a letter to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza reiterating their request pleading him to avoid running the third term.
According to him, if Nkurunziza runs the third term, he will be “violating the Arusha Agreement and the Burundian Constitution” that provide that no president (of Burundi) should run more than two terms of five years each.
He indicated that there are facts that show that President Nkurunziza “is determined” to run the third term.
“Officials close to the Burundian President including those working at the President’s Office and those from the ruling party, former combatants have been saying that no one can prevent President Pierre Nkurunziza from running another term in office, arguing the Burundian Constitutional Court will decide whether he can run or not,” said Nshimirimana.
He added that “silencing” several leaders within the country’s ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy- Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) is evidence that Nkurunziza plans to run the third term.
Last week, ten senior CNDD-FDD officials were sacked from the party for signing a petition where they urged Burundian President Nkurunziza to avoid running the third term in the forthcoming presidential election.
Signatories of the petition said that the CNDD-FDD was able to choose other candidates to the upcoming presidential election.
The Burundian opposition, the Roman Catholic Church, most civil society organizations as well as dozens of officials in the country’s ruling party, are opposed to the third term of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza during the forthcoming presidential election.
While suggesting that a president (of Burundi) cannot serve the country for more than two terms, the Burundian Constitution is not clear on how many terms Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has already served, as he was elected by the Parliament in 2005 and directly re-elected by citizens in 2010.
The Arusha Agreement however stipulates that no president should go beyond two terms of five years each.
Burundi is to hold this year general elections between May and September, with the presidential election to be held on June 26. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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