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Taiwanese warned against travel to Burundi

Taiwanese warned against travel to Burundi

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday urged Taiwanese people to avoid travel to Burundi as the East African country is caught in a political upheaval. The ministry kept its travel alert at orange, the second-highest warning level in its four-color warning system, and urged potential travelers to be extra vigilant when going there or avoid travel to the country altogether.
Political turmoil and conflicts among ethnic groups in Burundi could spiral into further confrontation, the ministry warned. The political unrest started April 25 after Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he was running for a third term in office, sparking public discontent and conflicts with the police in the capital city of Bujumbura. Some military officers staged a coup on May 13 while Nkurunziza was visiting Tanzania, which was soon contained, the ministry said. After Nkurunziza's returned May 15, however, the public massed again to express their dissatisfaction with the president's re-election bid, which heightened tensions between the public and the military, according to the ministry. A large number of Burundian people have fled their homeland to seek shelter in neighboring countries including Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the ministry said. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-17 14:51 GMT+08:00