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The #military's central role in #Burundi crisis @secgovcentre

The #military's central role in #Burundi crisis @secgovcentre

During the first few weeks of protests over Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, the army also did play the stabilizing role it was accredited with, contrary to the police which was reported to respond heavy-handedly against demonstrators . Yet the coup attempt two days ago, which came among rumours that another ‘false’ coup by forces loyal to the President was underway to reaffirm Nkurunziza’s position, revealed divisions within the army, resulting in rivalling factions trying to take control over leading radio stations. As the coup attempt failed and the President returned home, the independent media was silenced, recalling the current climate of oppression against the opposition. Yet Nkuruniziza still enjoys strong support from the rural population , which often is forgotten in capital-centred analysis of the political landscape. This support was put on show in his demons...

Full article: http://www.ssrresourcecentre.org/2015/05/16/burundi-crisi...

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