Burundi’s Vice President Resigns And Flees To Belgium, Here’s Why

Burundi’s Vice President Resigns And Flees To Belgium, Here’s Why

By News Desk | The Trent on June 26, 2015
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Gervais Rufyikiri (Photo Credit: IB Times)

One of Burundi’s vice-presidents has fled the country, saying he felt threatened after opposing President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third-term bid.

Burundi has seen months of turmoil since Mr Nkurunziza announced that he would be running for office again in July’s election.

Gervais Rufyikiri told France24 TV that a third term for the president would be unconstitutional.

A government spokesman denied that Mr Rufyikiri had been threatened.

There are also reports that Burundi’s National Assembly Speaker Pie Ntavyohanyuma has left for Belgium, citing medical reasons. He had also criticised the president’s bid for a third term.

Both men hold Belgian nationality.

Violent protests in the capital Bujumbura followed the 25 April announcement that Mr Nkurunziza would seek re-election.

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