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East Africa's leaders urge Burundi's president to delay polls

  • Leaders of East African nations have urged Burundi's president Pierre Nkurunziza to postpone polls due in June.

    They also said in a statement after a summit in Tanzania that the violence in Burundi — triggered by the president’s bid to run for a third term — must end.

    The statement calls for a postponement of elections by at least “a month and a half” and creating conditions for refugees to return home. An estimated 90,000 people fled the country after the protests against Nkurunziza started. A coup attempt in May added to unrest.

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