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In a low profile event, Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, has been sworn-in for a third term in office, as president of Burundi. The swearing in was a surprise as it was not scheduled to be held until sometimes next-week. The low profile Swearing comes amidst protest that has engulfed the country since Mr Pierre Nkurunza announced his candidacy to run foe a third term in office.
The ensuing protests in Burundi has claimed the lives of at least a Hundred people since it began in April. The Government has blamed the opposition for fomenting trouble and instigating the violence, while the opposition maintains that the third term was illegal.
Meanwhile in his inauguration speech, president Pierre Nkurunziza promised to put an end to the outbreak of violence within two months. Although no foreign head of state was present at Nkurunziza’s inauguration.
Burundi’s government have explained the lack of foreign dignitaries at the event to the sudden change of date, saying that a number of countries sent their apologies for not sending their delegates, because of the date change.
The US State Department, European Union and he African Union, have all expressed concerns that Burundi’s presidential polls in July was not free and fair. Although the African Union did not send observers to the July Burundi presidential polls, the first time it has taken such an action against a member state.
The UN observer mission said the election was not free and credible and was held “in an environment of profound mistrust” between political rivals.