Political Risk

Burundi Holds Elections After Night of Gunfire and Grenade Attacks

“After a night filled with gunfire and grenade explosions, polling stations in the capital of this central African nation opened Monday morning to thin crowds, as many people gripped by fear and uncertainty chose to stay home. Despite international calls for the postponement of Burundi’s parliamentary and local elections on Monday — and of the presidential election scheduled for July 15 — the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza pressed ahead, saying that a delay would only add to instability. At least three polling stations in the capital, Bujumbura, were attacked overnight. Willy Nyamitwe, a senior adviser to the president, contended that the violence was limited, reflecting a small opposition trying to terrorize the population.”

Source: Burundi Holds Elections After Night of Gunfire and Grenade Attacks – The New York Times

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