Burundi ruling party to decide if president to seek third term

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 22, 2015 7:40 AM

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Burundi's ruling CNDD-FDD will hold a party congress this weekend to decide whether President Pierre Nkurunziza will seek a third five-year term, a move that the opposition and diplomats worry could spark fresh unrest.

"It will be on Saturday," CNDD-FDD party president Pascal Nyabenda told Reuters in a short phone message when asked about the date for the congress. He also confirmed the party would vote that day on whether Nkurunziza will be the candidate.

Opponents say a another term would violate a 10-year limit outlined in the constitution and an agreement that ended a 12-year civil war in 2005. His backers say his first term does not count because he was picked by lawmakers and not voted in.

(Reporting by Edmund Blair; editing by John Stonestreet)