Political tension rising ahead of 2015 election in Burundi

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Adama Dieng. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Political tension is increasing in Burundi ahead of next year's general election, according to the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.

Adama Dieng wrapped up a two-day visit to the Central African country on Thursday night during which he assessed the current political situation.

Mr. Dieng held consultations with a wide range of politicians and members of civil society.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has more.

"From his consultations, the Special Adviser told us that it is clear that there is increasing political tension in the country ahead of the general elections next year. He received reports of shrinking political space for the opposition, harassment and intimidation of the civil society, human rights defenders and the media. During his visit, Mr. Dieng called on those he met to take measures to deescalate tensions in the country ahead of the 2015 elections. " (32")

Mr. Dieng emphasized the need for the government to take all measures to prevent the country from sliding into violence.

He also encouraged the president to commission an independent investigation into the allegations of the arming of youth groups.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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