Burundi on knife edge over president's possible third-term run

April 23, 2015 9:40 AM

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Burundi on knife edge over president's possible third-term run

BUJUMBURA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Any move by Burundi's president to run for a third five-year term risks undermining a peace deal that has kept the African nation calm since civil war ended a decade ago and could stoke tensions in a region blighted by ethnic conflict.

Pierre Nkurunziza has yet to say if he will stand in the June 26 vote, but diplomats and opponents expect him to run even though they say it would violate the constitution and the Arusha peace deal, credited with helping heal Burundi's ethnic rifts.

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