Other East African leaders are asking the country of Burundi to postpone the presidential elections that have been set in June. The request by the regions leaders has been in response to the violence that has occurred due to the current presidents announcement to rerun for a third term. These protests have been occurring the past few weeks and around 20 people have died since they have began.
The main concerning matter in this situation is some discrepancy over what the constitution says in regards to re-election of presidents. The constitution states the president can only be elected for only 2 terms, but the current president is claiming that he is not violating this because he was not actually elected in 2005. He was appointed to the position by congress.
While protesters obviously are not agreeing with his statements.
Earlier in May, a coup was attempted and failed causing nearly 90,000 of the citizens to flee the country. Could this be the start to more political unrest for East African region?