Burundi president says God will defeat rebels as he starts third term

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza (C) poses with his new first and second vice-presidents, Gaston Sindimwo (L) and Dr Joseph Mutore (R) after being sworn in for a controversial third term in power, in Bujumbura on August 20, 2015Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza warned rebels Thursday that they would be crushed by God after being sworn in for a controversial third term following weeks of protests and a failed coup against him. Nkurunziza thanked God for his win in elections last month — polls the United Nations say were not free or fair — after taking the oath of office in a surprise ceremony in the capital Bujumbura announced only hours before. “The victory we have achieved is a victory of all Burundians, those who elected us, and those who did not,” Nkurunziza said.

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