UN condemns assassination of Burundian opposition leader

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned to avoid any escalation of violence in Burundi

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the killing of Zedi Feruzi, the opposition leader of the Union pour la Paix et le Développement (UPD) Zigamibanga party in Burundi, and his bodyguard in Bujumbura, in a statement published on UN’s website on Saturday.

Ban Ki-moon called for the assailants to be found and brought to justice to avoid violence in Burundi.

Referring to the grenade attack in Bujumbura on Friday which killed two people and assassinations, Ban Ki-moon stressed that Burundi is threatened to be triggered by more violence.

In Thursday’s clashes, two protesters were killed by police gunfire and eight were wounded according to the Red Cross. After the grenade attack, at least 30 people have died during the protests.

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has delayed parliamentary elections which were set for May 26 by a week, after nearly a month of anti-government demonstrations and a failed military coup in the east African state.

The constitution limits the presidency to two terms in office, but Nkurunziza's supporters say he can run again because his first term was picked by lawmakers and not by elections.

Despite the demonstrations against his third term bid, Burundi's Constitutional Court approved President Pierre Nkurunziza’s candidacy in a controversial decision the exiled head of the body claims was made through coercion.

TRTWorld and agencies