Two killed as blasts, gunfire rock Burundi presidential vote| MENAFN.COM

Friday, 02 December 2022 11:35 GMT

Two killed as blasts, gunfire rock Burundi presidential vote

(MENAFN- Saudi Press Agency) A policeman and civilian were killed in clashes hours before the start of Burundi's presidential elections, already hit by opposition boycotts and protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term.

Blasts and gunfire echoed around the capital before polling stations opened on Tuesday.

Opponents accuse Nkurunziza of violating the constitution by seeking another five years in office. Western donors and African states, worried about tensions in a region with a history of ethnic conflict, urged Burundi to postpone the poll.

Presidential adviser Willy Nyamitwe blamed opponents and those behind protests for overnight violence, saying a policeman and civilian were killed. 'People do it to intimidate voters. They don't want the voters to go to the polls,' he told Reuters.

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