Burundi rebel groups form armed force aimed at ousting president Nkurunziza

A woman stands near a house that was set on fire by protestors opposed to the Burundian President's third term in Butagazwa, Mugongomanga on June 5, 2015. Burundi’s rebels came together Wednesday for the first time as a force aimed at ousting President Nkurunziza. AFP PHOTO | CARL DE SOUZA

What you need to know:

  • The formation of the insurgents comes amid mounting regional pressure on the government to accept African Union peacekeepers it calls an “invasion force”.
  • Nkurunziza, an ex-rebel and born-again Christian who believes he has divine backing to rule, won a third term in office in July.
  • A coup attempt in May was crushed after two days, with many of the soldiers and police who took part fleeing.
  • Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will host the latest talks next week, Uganda’s Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga told AFP.



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