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Burundians vote in parliamentary elections marred by unrest

Burundians vote in parliamentary elections marred by violence, opposition boycott

Burundians vote in parliamentary elections marred by unrest

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Voting is underway in Burundi's parliamentary elections despite an opposition boycott and the threat of violence as police battle anti-government protesters in the capital.

Gunfire could be heard in some parts of Bujumbura as voting started at 6 a.m., and there is heavy security across the city.

In the Musaga neighborhood, which has seen violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, there were few civilians in sight Monday as mostly police and soldiers lined up to vote.

The voting is taking place despite calls by the international community for a postponement until there is a peaceful environment for credible elections.

Bujumbura has suffered unrest since the ruling party announced on April 26 that Nkurunziza would be its candidate in presidential elections scheduled for July 15.


Updated : 2021-09-23 14:32 GMT+08:00