Is Burundi On The Brink Of Civil War?


Thousands of Burundians are fleeing their homes as riots unfold in the nation’s capital city. Here’s a look at what is causing the turmoil in Burundi.

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“It is not yet clear whether the coup has been successful. The president contested Niyombare’s claim, saying in a statement that an “imaginary coup” had been foiled. However, he was out of the country attending a summit in Tanzania when the coup was announced, and it is not yet clear whether he will be able to return to Burundi.”

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“The situation threatens to devolve into ethnic violence along the same lines of the country’s brutal civil war, which lasted from 1993 to 2005. Like Rwanda’s conflict, Burundi’s war pitted ethnic Hutus against Tutsis.”

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“Opponents say President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for another five years in office in a June 26 election violates the constitution and a peace deal that ended civil war in 2005. Both documents set a two-term limit but a court ruled he could run.”

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