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Burundi: electoral commission confirms third term for Nkurunziza

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By Euronews  with AFP, Reuters
Burundi: electoral commission confirms third term for Nkurunziza

<p>Burundi’s electoral commission has confirmed the country’s incumbent president has won a third term in office.</p> <p>Pierre Nkurunziza clinched his controversial third mandate with almost 80 percent of the vote.</p> <p>This will be a third five-year tenure for Nkurunziza, despite the legal limit being two.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Burundi?src=hash">#Burundi</a>'s Nkurunziza elected to controversial third term as president with 69.41 percent of the vote <a href="http://t.co/RW67a5mPJa">http://t.co/RW67a5mPJa</a> …</p>— Lucy Westcott (@lvzwestcott) <a href="https://twitter.com/lvzwestcott/status/624645738933407744">July 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Opposition</h3> <p>The main opposition party got 20 percent of the vote. </p> <p>The party’s name was left on ballot papers despite it boycotting the poll.</p> <p>International critics, led by the US and EU, say it <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/un-calls-for-national-unity-government-in-burundi-as-election-results-expected/a-18604844">lacks credibility</a>.</p> <h3>Turnout high</h3> <p>At more than 73 percent, turnout was higher than many had predicted. It was significantly lower in the capital Bujumbura, where there has been a lot of violence. At least 70 people have been killed in clashes across Burundi since April.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">BURUNDI</span>- The mother of Idris Mavukiro, an opposition supporter mourns the death of her son in Bujumbura. By <a href="https://twitter.com/fil"><code>fil</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AFP?src=hash">#AFP</a> <a href="http://t.co/jZJHcLLXE3">pic.twitter.com/jZJHcLLXE3</a></p>&mdash; Frédérique Geffard (</code>fgeffardAFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/fgeffardAFP/status/624217470635765760">July 23, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>