Burundi ruling party chairman suspends party spokesman


Burundian ruling party Chairman Pascal Nyabenda Monday evening suspended Onesime Nduwimana from his duty as the ruling party spokesman, a press release has said.
The press release from the chairman of Burundi’s ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), did not however say reasons behind Nduwimana’s suspension.
In the press release, Pascal Nyabenda designated Senator Daniel Gelase Ndabirabe as the new CNDD-FDD spokesman.
Nduwimana’s suspension follows a letter sent by 17 senior ruling party officials to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, requesting him not to run a new term during the forthcoming presidential election, arguing it would be a “violation” of laws.
Onesime Nduwimana is among the signatories of the letter.
Earlier this month, Roman Catholic bishops issued a message to Roman Catholics where they said that they were opposed to plans of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to run a new term during the forthcoming elections, stressing it would be a violation of the Arusha Agreement and the National constitution.
While suggesting that a president (of Burundi) cannot serve the country for more than two terms, the Burundian Constitution is not clear on how many terms Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has already served, as he was elected by the Parliament in 2005 and directly re-elected by citizens in 2010.
Burundi is to hold this year general elections between May and September, with the presidential election to be held on June 26. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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