On the eve of highly-charged elections, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged the government of Burundi to ensure that voting takes place in a secure environment.
After months of turmoil, Ban had on Friday urged Burundi to delay the vote after the opposition announced a boycott, but the government rejected his appeal.
WASHINGTION -- One year after the plane crash that killed their president and unleashed genocide in neighboring Rwanda, Burundi mourners gathered at the Regina Mundi Cathedral in the capital city of Bujumbura April 6 to pray for peace.
This dilemma is at the top of the agenda of the Burundi people, regional governments and relief agencies alike as they seek to halt the spiraling of ethnic strife between Burundi's majority Hutus and minority Tutsis.
Opposition leaders argue that Nkurunzizas bid for another five-year term violates the terms of the Arusha accord that ended Burundis
13-year civil war in 2006.
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