Burundi passes law cracking down on foreign NGOs

Burundi's political crisis began in April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza (pictured) announced plans to run for a controversial third term in power, which he went on to winBurundi’s parliament has passed a law imposing strict controls on international non-governmental organisations after President Pierre Nkurunziza accused such groups of backing an insurrection against him. Nkurunziza had announced the bill just after his disputed re-election in July 2015, when his crisis-hit government accused various international groups of using their funding to support the opposition. The new law, which places tight controls on NGOs’ finances, passed Friday with an overwhelming majority of 105 votes with only one vote against the measure, parliamentary speaker Pascal Nyabenda said.

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