Burundi opposition chief rejects poll results

2015-07-25 18:08
Pierre Nkurunziza. (File: AFP)

Pierre Nkurunziza. (File: AFP)

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Bujumbura - Burundi's main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa on Saturday denounced the third consecutive term win by President Pierre Nkurunziza and demanded fresh elections.

Rwasa, who won 18.99% of the vote despite saying he was unable to properly campaign, said he would not oppose the formation of a unity government if its "primary mission is to prepare free and democratic elections".

Nkurunziza's candidacy was condemned as unconstitutional by the opposition and provoked months of protests and an attempted coup in mid-May.

His victory - taking 69.41 percent of the vote in Tuesday's polls and handing him an immediate first-round victory - could trigger donor sanctions against the already impoverished nation.

There are also widespread fears the country, situated in the heart of central Africa's troubled Great Lakes region, could be plunged back into civil war.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, in a statement late Friday, said the elections were "neither credible nor legitimate" and called for peaceful talks between rival parties.

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