Burundi President Registers For June Poll Despite Protests

An official says Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has registered as a presidential candidate with the country’s electoral commission, despite nearly two weeks of street protests in the capital opposing his bid to seek a third term in office.

Pascal Nyabenda, the president of the ruling party, said Nkurunziza registered on Friday for the June 26 elections.

At least 13 people have died and 216 wounded in protests since April 25, when the ruling party announced that it had nominated Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate. The UN refugee agency says more than 50 000 Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries fearing violence ahead of the elections.