Burundi polls count continues, ‘many’ opposition supporters detained

Africa

Burundi’s leading opposition candidate says over 200 party supporters were arrested during Wednesday’s election, and he is keeping open the possibility of challenging the results over suspected fraud.

Agathon Rwasa spoke to media a day after the East African country went to the polls on its most important election since the country gained independence in 1962.

While President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping aside after 15 years in power, others believe that he will continue to wield power behind the scene.

Rwasa who was seen as being in a close contest with Evariste Ndayishimiye, the ruling party’s candidate, says members of his party were harassed and detained ahead of the vote.

He told media that he was disappointed with Burundi’s security forces and justice officials over “harassment and persecution” of party supporters, including those meant to monitor the voting.

Rwasa was accused by the police of making “incendiary and defamatory” remarks and inciting revolt.

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