In dramatic change, Burundi holds mass virus testing | AFP

Burundians in prominent city Bujumbura undergo coronavirus test at the launch of a massive testing campaign in a major about-turn for the nation that has largely ignored the pandemic. IMAGES

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Burundi changes tune on coronavirus | AFP

This week in Africa Weekly: Burundi’s about-turn on the coronavirus, deadly protests in Ethiopia following the murder of a popular singer, and Egypt’s pyramids reopen.

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State funeral of Burundi president after sudden death | AFP

om Mourners attend the state funeral of Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza, who died at the aged 55 of what the government said was “heart failure” earlier in June. IMAGES

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Africa prepares for post-coronavirus world | AFP

This week in Africa: Burundi swears in a new president after the sudden death of its former leader. Meanwhile businesses, schools and even Nollywood adapt to working in a world with the coronavirus.

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Burundi cabinet meets on way forward after president’s death | AFP

Burundi holds an extraordinary cabinet meeting to discuss a way forward after the sudden death of long-serving ruler Pierre Nkurunziza left many anxious over the future of the troubled country. IMAGES

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To open economies, to vote, to feed the hungry: Africa’s coronavirus conundrums | AFP

African countries take tentative small steps to reopen as the coronavirus infection numbers approach 100,000. South Africa feeds thousands as mines grapple with restrictions. Burundi pushes ahead with general elections, downplaying the pandemic altogether.

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Burundi elections: ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye votes | AFP

Evariste Ndayishimiye, candidate for Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD party, casts his vote in his home town of Giheta in the province of Gitega.

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Burundi elections: Bujumbura polling stations open | AFP

A polling station opens in Bujumbura as Burundians begin voting in a tense election to replace long-ruling President Pierre Nkurunziza. The election is proceeding despite an outbreak of coronavirus which has been largely ignored in the east African nation. IMAGES

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Voting gets underway in Burundi for new president | AFP

Long queues form outside polling stations in Burundi for a presidential election that is proceeding despite the coronavirus pandemic and a tense campaign marked by violence and repression. IMAGES

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Burundi: electoral rally of the ruling CNDD-FDD party | AFP

The ruling party in Burundi, the CNDD-FDD, ends its election campaign in Bujumbura by organising a giant rally. The country is preparing to choose a new president on Wednesday, as incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza has decided not to stand for re-election. IMAGES

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200 million Africans at risk of coronavirus infection, new study finds | AFP

Almost a quarter of a billion Africans could become infected with COVID-19, according to a new modelling study by the World Health Organization (WHO). There are concerns over the readiness of healthcare systems on the continent to handle mass infections. In the midst of the pandemic, Burundi has expelled the top WHO officials in the country, apparently for what it sees as meddling. The news made world headlines, as Burundi prepares to vote for a new president and parliament on May 20. This and other news in Africa Weekly.

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Burundian opposition party kicks off election campaigning | AFP

While many countries have postponed elections due to the coronavirus pandemic, campaigning is now under way in Burundi. The ruling party candidate’s main threat comes from Agathon Rwasa, candidate for the National Council for Liberty (CNL) party, who kicked off their campaign in the north of the country. IMAGES

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Landslides | AFP Animé

At least 38 people died in Burundi after heavy rains triggered landslides that swept through hillside communities in the northwest of the country. Videographic on landslides.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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On The Line: Danny Gold Discusses Burundi’s Controversial Presidential Elections

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VICE News correspondent Danny Gold (https://twitter.com/DGisserious) joined On The Line to discuss the Burundi’s controversial presidential election.

In April, Burundi’s incumbent president, Pierre Nkurunziza, announced plans to run for a third term in office — a move many claimed was unconstitutional. The political maneuver sparked violent clashes between Nkurunziza’s supporters and those opposed to his third term, triggering a wave of government-sponsored repression and intimidation. Danny Gold traveled to Burundi for VICE News where he spoke to citizens on both sides of the political divide for “Burundi on the Brink.”

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