World Bulletin / News Desk
East African leaders will hold a summit in Tanzania on May 13 aimed at breaking the political deadlock in Burundi and ensuring the country holds peaceful elections, Tanzania's presidency said.
Nineteen people have been killed in protests in Burundi against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, which opponents say violates the constitution and the peace deal that ended the civil war in 2005.
"We have agreed to meet ... to discuss how to help our brothers and sisters in Burundi to hold successful elections and ensure that their nation is united, peaceful and secure without any unnecessary conflicts," Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said in a statement late on Saturday.
The heads of state of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, which form the East African Community (EAC) common market, are expected to attend an extraordinary summit in Dar es Salaam.
Kikwete, who chairs the EAC, has sent a team of regional foreign affairs ministers on a fact-finding mission ahead of the summit.
In Burundi's capital Bujumbura, hundreds of women took to the streets in protest against the plan by Nkurunziza to run for a third term.
"Women decided to stand up today to say no to the violation of the constitution," said Beatrice Nyamoya, one of the protest leaders.
More than 50,000 people, mostly women and children, have fled Burundi to neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past month, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said.Last Mod: 10 Mayıs 2015, 14:21