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EU mission in Burundi reduces staff amid violence

The EU mission in Burundi said it was temporarily
reducing staff and pulling out foreign family
members in the country due to rising risk of

EU Ambassador, Patrick Spirlet, who disclosed this
on Friday in Nairobi, however, told newsmen that
“the delegation will continue functioning normally.”

He did not say how long the mission would operate
with reduced staff.

Similarly, The US embassy sent non-essential staff
and staff family members away in May, but on Nov.
3, said they were returning.

The embassy also warned U.S citizens against non-
essential travel to Burundi.

Burundi, which emerged from an ethnically-
charged civil war in 2005, had been mired in a
political crisis that sparked a failed coup,
assassinations and other violence since April when
President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would seek a
third term.

Nkurunziza was re-elected in July for another five
years, a move the opposition described as violating
the constitution and a peace deal that ended the
nation’s 12-year civil war.

It would be recalled that Burundi’s civil war that left
300,000 dead pitted rebel groups of the Hutu
majority against the army which was at the time
led by minority Tutsis.

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