Intolerance remains a challenge as Burundi prepares for elections

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Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB), briefs the Security Council on the situation in that country. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Burundi is still facing the challenge of dealing with political intolerance as the country prepares for elections in 2015.

That's what the head of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga said on Thursday following a meeting to assess the implementation of the Roadmap towards the elections.

The meeting, in Gitenga, brought together representatives of the government and opposition parties as well as members of civil society.

Mr. Anyanga-Onanga said the people of Burundi need to address the challenge they face ahead of the election.

"Even though they have gone through two broadly successful electoral processes, we still have an issue with intolerance. I think not all stakeholders understand that everybody has the right to speak out and that everybody has a right to have a different viewpoint but that that should not be leading into a confrontation."(21")

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga said the UN will be deploying a new mission to Burundi alongside its partners to support the electoral process.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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