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Protester killed as clashes re-erupt in Burundi’s capital

A group of over 250 women march through the center of Bujumbura, Burundi, calling for the release of protesters arrested during demonstrations, Sunday May 10, 2015. At least 13 people have died and 216 have been wounded in protests since April 25, when the ruling party announced it had nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate
A group of over 250 women march through the center of Bujumbura, Burundi, calling for the release of protesters arrested during demonstrations, Sunday May 10, 2015. At least 13 people have died and 216 have been wounded in protests since April 25, when the ruling party announced it had nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate

(AA) – A Burundian protester has been killed and another wounded as clashes renewed between police and protesters opposed to a bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a 3rd presidential term.

A source with the country’s Red Cross society told Anadolu Agency that clashes erupted when policemen started to remove barricades that blocked roads in capital Bujumbura’s Musaga neighborhood.

On Saturday, Burundian authorities had ordered all barricades be lifted within 48 hours to allow the return of calm following days of tension in the capital.

Burundi has been rocked by protest since late April, when the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy named Nkurunziza – in power since 2005 – its candidate for June presidential polls.

At least 21 people have been killed – and more than 100 injured – since the protests first erupted.

Critics say a third-term run by Nkurunziza would violate the terms of the 2000 Arusha agreement, which – along with ending a Hutu-Tutsi civil war – stipulated that Burundi’s president should serve no more than two terms in office.

But Burundi’s Constitutional Court has ruled that Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term does not violate the constitution.

It said that since he was elected in 2005 by parliament and not by the people, Nkurunziza’s first stint in office should not be counted as a first presidential term.

Nkurunziza, a former rebel leader, has been in power since 2005, when he was appointed by parliament following a peace deal that ended a 12-year civil war.

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