April 25, 2015 / 11:49 AM / in 3 years

Burundi's ruling party picks president for third-term run: source

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi’s ruling party nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza on Saturday to run for a third term, a source close to the party deliberations said, a move that opponents said would be unconstitutional and could cause unrest.

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza attends the ruling Conseil National pour la Defense de la Democratie - Forces pour Defense de la Democratie (CNDD-FDD) party congress in the capital Bujumbura, April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

The source told Reuters the president had applied to run again and when asked if the party had decided on his request, the source said: “Approved already after deliberations.” He was responding in a brief phone message.

Reporting Edmund Blair in Nairobi and Patrick Nduwimana in Bujumbura; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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