Violence continues as voting gets under way in Burundi

Polling stations have opened across Burundi for presidential elections boycotted by the opposition. Explosions and gunfire rocked the capital Bujumbura overnight, as anti-government protests continued.

President Pierre Nkurunziza is widely expected to win a third consecutive term despite the constitution’s two-term limit. His decision in April to run again sparked violent clashes in the landlocked central African region.

At least one policeman and a civilian were killed in overnight violence, a presidential official said, after blasts and gunfire had echoed around the capital.

The government has cracked down hard on dissenters and protesters, and an attempted coup in mid-May was quickly quashed by forces loyal to the president. At least 100 people have died since late April. More than 150,000 Burundians have fled the country, many to neighboring Tanzania.
 
 
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