Ban calls Burundi vote 'broadly peaceful'

2015-07-23 22:10
A man has his fingers inked in order to vote at a polling station in Bujumbura during Burundi's presidential election. (Landry Nshimiye, AFP)

A man has his fingers inked in order to vote at a polling station in Bujumbura during Burundi's presidential election. (Landry Nshimiye, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New York - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged calm and a political dialogue in Burundi after controversial presidential elections held against a backdrop of violence and international condemnation.

Results were expected on Friday.

Protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third-term have been violently repressed, leaving at least 100 people dead since late April.

But Ban "takes note of the broadly peaceful conduct of polling in the Burundian presidential elections" on Tuesday, his spokesperson said.

"He calls on all parties to continue to remain calm and immediately resume an inclusive political dialogue to resolve their differences and address the challenges facing the country."

The Burundian government dismissed criticism of the poll after the United States, European Union and former colonial power Belgium said the elections were not credible.

Ban stressed that the Burundian authorities were responsible for protecting the population, halting violence and holding any perpetrators of human rights violations to account.

The UN secretary general also welcomed the deployment of African Union troops and human rights observers to prevent growing violence.

More than 150 000 Burundians have fled the country worried about the spreading violence in the east African country, which endured a decade of civil war and ethnic massacres ended by a 2006 peace deal.

Read more on:    un  |  ban ki-moon  |  burundi  |  east africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.