Burundi President Nkurunziza plays football amid protests

BUJUMBURA - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has been photographed playing football as protests continue over his bid to run for a third term in office.

Mr Nkurunziza was playing in his daily kickabout with friends in the capital, Bujumbura.

In the latest unrest, a protester was shot dead in Bujumbura.

Last week, there was a failed coup against Mr Nkurunziza. Senior officials from both the army and police have been accused of involvement.

The protester was shot in the back by police in the opposition stronghold of Musaga, a witness said.

On Wednesday Mr Nkurunziza said in a speech on state radio that an insignificant part of the capital was experiencing unrest while the rest of Burundi was peaceful.

He urged those who have fled the country to return.

The UN refugee agency says that more than 105,000 people have fled Burundi into neighbouring countries since the conflict started.

Mr Nkurunziza also announced a 10-day delay for parliamentary elections, which were due to be held next Tuesday.

He made the decision after a recommendation from the electoral commission, a spokesman said.

The African Union and the EU had called for a postponement saying there should be dialogue to ease the tension.

The presidential election is due in June.

Comments (2)

He has picked up the LEGACY of violently suppressing voices of reason- a DNA of some African rulers

Mukanya - 22 May 2015

Very true @Mukanya, it is an old DNA that kept them in power for decades on end. In some cases ending with coups or death or dynasts.

Qawe laMaqawe - 23 May 2015

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