Burundi prepared for Monday’s election as violence continues

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On the eve of elections in Burundi, the National Assembly President fled to Belgium, as political unrest gets more deadly . He denounced what he called the “illegal and unconstituitional” bid by Burundi’s President for a third term. The opposition says it will boycott Monday’s local and Parliamentary elections. Nevertheless, it’s all systems go as the country prepares to head to the polls. CCTV-America’s Kofa Mrenje filed the report from Burundi.

Burundi prepared for Monday\'s election as violence continues

On the eve of elections in Burundi, a top Parliament leader has fled, as political unrest gets more deadly. The National Assembly President fled to Belgium. He denounced what he called the "illegal and unconstituitional" bid by Burundi's President for a third term. The opposition says it will boycott Monday's local and Parliamentary elections. Nevertheless, it's all systems go as the country prepares to head to the polls.CCTV-America's Kofa Mrenje filed the report from Burundi.

Highlight:

  • As Burundi’s electoral commission staff distribute election materials to polling stations across the country. Burundians will go to parliamentary polls Monday before presidential elections scheduled for mid July.
  • Key allies including Belgium, the U.S. and the E.U. withdrew funding for the exercise. But the government got support from other partners, including China and Germany.