Opposition leader Rwasa regrets intimidations during referendum

Burundian opposition leader Agathon Rwasa regrets intimidations by “youth of the ruling party” during a referendum on constitutional reforms that, if passed, will shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza and enable him to rule until 2034.

Polling stations close in Burundi referendum, counting begins

Polling stations in Burundi are closing and counting begins after Burundians voted in large numbers in a referendum on constitutional reforms that, if passed, will shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza and enable him to rule until 2034. IMAGES

Opposition leader Agathon Rwasa votes in Burundi referendum

Burundian opposition leader Agathon Rwasa casts his ballot in a referendum on constitutional reforms that, if passed, will shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza and enable him to rule until 2034. IMAGES

Africa’s troubled great lakes region

Just 28,000 square kilometres, Burundi is one of the smallest countries in Africa. But the crisis unleased by the controversial re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza in 2015 threatens the stability of the entire Great Lakes region. VIDEOGRAPHIC

Burundi bans women from playing traditional drums

Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has introduced strict controls over the country’s renowned drumming rituals, banning female drummers and limiting the sacred tradition to official events.

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

On Thursday at 12pm EDT VICE News correspondent Danny Gold (https://twitter.com/DGisserious) joins 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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Election Results and Post-Poll Violence: Burundi On The Brink (Dispatch 8)

Though the presidential elections in Burundi have concluded, political violence surrounding the controversial vote has not simmered. On the night of July 22, members of the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the African nation’s ruling party, are alleged to have murdered a member of the FNL opposition party in the capital of Bujumbura.

On July 24, the results of the election were announced and as was widely expected, Pierre Nkurunziza was declared the winner of a third five-year term as president.

Following the announcement, VICE News visited opposition and pro-Nkurunziza neighborhoods in Burundi’s capital, where residents have vastly different opinions about the legitimacy of his third term.

Watch “Violence and Protests on Polling Day (Dispatch 7)” – http://bit.ly/1S7xRVm

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Violence and Protests on Polling Day: Burundi On The Brink (Dispatch 7)

Following a night of intense gunfire and explosions in Burundi’s capital of Bujumbura that left at least one civilian and one police officer dead, voters turned out in low numbers for the country’s controversial presidential election, in which President Pierre Nkurunziza is seeking a third term that critics charge is unconstitutional.

The body of an opposition member was found dead in the commune of Nyakabiga, and residents have accused supporters of the ruling party of planting the body as an act of intimidation. As Red Cross workers removed the body from the neighborhood, anti-Nkurunziza songs, dances, and chants erupted from a crowd of residents, delivering one of the most open displays of defiance against the president that the capital has seen in many weeks.

Watch “Rally of the Ruling Party (Dispatch 6)” – http://bit.ly/1SAaTRw

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Read “Deadly Violence Ahead of Burundi’s Election Foreshadows Struggle Ahead” – http://bit.ly/1gMLcBI

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Rally Of The Ruling Party: Burundi On The Brink (Dispatch 6)

Thousands of jubilant supporters attended a campaign rally for Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his CNDD-FDD party in Cibitoke Province on July 17, in what is expected to be one of his last public appearances ahead of Tuesday’s controversial election.

Nkurunziza has been pushing ahead with his controversial bid for a third term — despite pressure from regional leaders, the international community, months of deadly violence in the capital of Bujumbura, and an aborted coup d’etat led by the his former ally, Godefroid Niyombare.

VICE News attended the rally, and spoke with a former high-ranking official of Burundi’s ruling party, who is now living in exile in Rwanda.

Watch “Nighttime Violence in Bujumbura (Dispatch 5)” – http://bit.ly/1SxtNbE

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Threat of Violence Doesn’t Dampen the Campaign Festivities In Burundi – http://bit.ly/1MkEv6A

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