Burundi president to apply on Friday to vote board to seek third term

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Posted: May 08, 2015 5:21 AM

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi's president will submit on Friday an application to the national electoral commission to seek a third term, the ruling party said, a move likely to stoke more anger among those protesting against his bid for another five years in office.

Saturday is the deadline for prospective candidates to submit their applications to the CENI election commission.

When asked when Pierre Nkurunziza would make his submission, CNDD-FDD Party Chairman Pascal Nyabenda replied in a brief text message: "In a few hours."

(Reporting by Edmund Blair in Nairobi and Pascal Nduwimana in Bujumbura; editing by John Stonestreet)