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US warns Burundi leader against seeking new term

President Pierre Nkurunziza thanked loyalist forces for crushing a coup attemptThe United States on Friday issued Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza a stern warning against running for a third term, saying it would “exacerbate” the country’s instability and threaten international aid. Washington was deeply concerned about the”potential for further violence” after Nkurunziza returned to the country, said Jeff Rathke, a State Department spokesman. General Godefroid Niyombare, who launched the coup in the central African nation earlier in the week, told AFP by telephone that he wanted to give himself up. The president’s decision to run “has and will continue to exacerbate instability… in the country,” Rathke warned, only a day after he had stressed Washington still regarded Nkurunziza as the legitimate president.

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