October 30, 2015 / 8:19 PM / in 2 years

White House to drop Burundi from trade benefits program on Jan. 1

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama notified the U.S. Congress on Friday that he plans to drop Burundi from the African Growth and Opportunity Act trade benefits program as of Jan. 1 because of violence related to a political crisis in the country.

“In particular, the continuing crackdown on opposition members, which has included assassinations, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, and torture, have worsened significantly during the election campaign that returned President (Pierre) Nkurunziza to power earlier this year,” Obama said in a letter to Congress.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Beech

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