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David Shook, Daily Beast: President’s Bid For Third Term Fuels Fear Of Return of Burundi’s Bloody Past

Hutu militiamen are in Burundi and the president speaks of political opponents lying ‘face down’ on the ground. Is Rwanda’s neighbor facing slipping back into ethnic conflict?

In Burundi, which most Americans think of as an exotic source of high-end coffee, the announcement from its president that he would seek a third term in violation of the constitution risks undoing a hard-won peace and recovery following the bloody ethnic violence of the 1990s and 2000s.

Saturday’s announcement, by current President Pierre Nkurinziza, that he would run for a third term in office, despite a constitutionally established two-term limit, has resulted in widespread protests. These have been met with state-sponsored police violence that has already resulted in dozens of deaths.

More News On The Unrest In Burundi

Burundi: 3 killed in grenade attacks in a week of tension over president's re-election bid -- FOX News/AP
Police officers among dead in Burundi grenade attacks -- France 24
Burundi: three killed as violence continues to rock capital -- Euronews
Grenade attacks claim lives in anti-government protests in Burundi -- Deutsche Welle
Protests in Burundi build over president’s seeking a third term -- Washington Post
Burundi protesters call for a two-day pause in demonstrations -- Reuters
Burundi says 600 arrested over protests, three killed in attacks -- AFP
Burundi arrests 600 in protests against ruling party -- The Telegraph
Burundi president warns of 'severe sanctions' against protesters -- Reuters
Burundi students of closed university camp out at US embassy -- BBC
Russia: U.N. Security Council should stay out of Burundi dispute -- Reuters
Why Burundi's fragile peace and stability is at risk -- Rene-Claude Niyonkuru, Special for CNN
UN Warns Burundi Could Descend Into Chaos -- VOA

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