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Burundi crisis poses 'devastating' risk for region: AU

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza gives a speech after being sworn in for a controversial third term in power, at the Congress Palace in Kigobe district, Bujumbura on August 20, 2015The African Union has warned of its “deep concern” for troubled Burundi and the wider region if rivals do not resolve political differences peacefully. If the crisis is not solved, it would “create conditions for more instability, with devastating consequences for Burundi and the whole region,” she said in a statement late Wednesday. The central African nation has seen months of violence triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s successful bid to win a third term in office, with the government calling the gangs of gunmen “criminals”.

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