Power conflict US 'disappointed' in holding of Burundian elections as more flee country

The United States government has come out to publicly express disappointment at the tension building in Burundi prior to the election.

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Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks during a news conference in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic play Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks during a news conference in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Voters will go to the polls again next month, for the presidential election

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There was a spike in the numbers leaving Burundi in the run-up to Monday's parliamentary elections, the UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, says.

In a statement released today the UNHCR says that nearly 10,000 left the country over the weekend fleeing the political tension sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid.

The United States government has come out to publicly express disappointment at the tension building in Burundi prior to the election.

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