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US suspends Burundi electoral assistance

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza addresses a crowd during the official start of the 2015 electoral campaign by The National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy party in Bujumbura, on June 26, 2015The United States said Friday it was suspending assistance for Burundi’s elections because the leader of the African nation’s “continued efforts to violate” a peace accord. The US State Department said it was placing on hold technical assistance to Burundi’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), as well as voter education activities by the commission. Burundi has been plunged into violent turmoil since April when the president launched a drive to serve a third consecutive five-year term.

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