Protests against a third-term bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza continued, primarily in several neighborhoods of the capital, Bujumbura. Presidential elections are scheduled for 26 June while Senate elections are foreseen for 17 July. The Government of Burundi appealed yesterday to “patriotic citizens” to make contributions to an elections fund established at the Banque de la République du Burundi in light of foreign finance for elections having been curtailed. The Government also criticized what it deemed to be international interference in Burundi’s internal affairs. Burundian opposition parties meanwhile issued a statement on Wednesday warning that the holding of free and fair elections under current conditions was not possible. This concern has also been expressed by a number of international partners and organizations.
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