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Burundi’s Ruling Party Plans General Talks for 2020 Elections

BUJUMBURA, Burundi’s ruling party has suggested the preparation of the 2020 elections be discussed in forthcoming inclusive dialogue aimed at ending the country’s political crisis.

Burundi has been under political unrest since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced bid to stand for third term.

"The priority of the dialogue should be the preparation of the country’s general elections due in 2020," according to Pascal Nyabenda, chairman of the ruling CNDD-FDD.

His remarks came as the country marks one year since President Pierre Nkurunziza was named candidate of the ruling party in April last year to seek a third presidential term, which triggered protests and violence. Nkurunziza later won the election in July after foiling a coup attempt.

Nyabenda said the dialogue should look at how political parties could "correct mistakes" observed during the 2015 elections.

Opponents say Nkurunziza’s re-election violates the constitution that limits presidents to two terms in office.

Over 400 people have been reportedly killed in the unrest including several high-ranking army officials who have been assassinated.

By Robert Muriisa.

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