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Procedure : 2017/2756(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
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Texts tabled :

RC-B8-0465/2017

Debates :

PV 06/07/2017 - 8.3
CRE 06/07/2017 - 8.3

Votes :

PV 06/07/2017 - 11.5

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2017)0310

Debates
Thursday, 6 July 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

8.3. Burundi
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  Charles Tannock, author . – Madam President, the re-election of President Nkurunziza in 2015 was highly controversial, given the questions surrounding the legitimacy of his eligibility for a third term, and in fact Article 96 consultation was invoked. The boycott of that election by the opposition and his subsequent re-election has provoked increasing tension. Recent speculation that Nkurunziza is seeking to amend the law so as to allow him to run again in 2020 for a fourth term is concerning. Meanwhile, the resulting human rights situation is also very worrying. Nkurunziza’s party’s youth wing and quasi-militia, the Imbonerakure, is held responsible for the intimidation, rape, attack and forced disappearances of a number of opposition figures and supporters.

Given the fragility and conflict in Burundi’s neighbouring states, finding a way through the impasse is vital. There are reports of an increasingly ethnic dimension – between Hutus and Tutsis – to the violence, and this has the potential to significantly worsen and protract the problem. Therefore we must all now seek action before the situation reaches that terrible point.

 
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