East Africa denounces coup in Burundi
from ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, (CAJ News) – THE East African community has condemned the deteriorating political situation in Burundi.
The condemnation was expressed at the Extraordinary Summit of the EAC heads of state in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Wednesday.
“Given the situation in Burundi, conditions are not conducive for elections in Burundi and the summit calls upon the authorities to postpone the elections for a period not beyond the mandate of the current government,” read a statement issued after the summit.
“ As the region continues to consult with all stakeholders to make sure that the situation in Burundi normalises and elections can be held in a free, fair and peaceful manner in respect of the constitution of Burundi, the laws of Burundi and the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement; the summit condemns violence and calls on all parties to make sure that violence stops.”
According to the statement, the EAC will not accept nor stand by if violence did not stop or escalated in Burundi.
The Summit will reconvene at a later date to review the situation in Burundi.
– CAJ News
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