Belgium Halting Aid to Burundi

Belgium said on Monday it had suspended some aid to Burundi, ratcheting up international pressure on the donor-reliant African nation over protests against the president's quest for a third term. A diplomat said, Belgium, the first donor to take such action, said it was halting aid earmarked to support elections and the police, because the conditions were no longer right for the poll. Other donors could follow suit. At least 19 people have been killed in more than two weeks of protests against Pierre Nkurunziza's election bid, which critics say violates a two-term limit set out in the constitution and a peace deal that ended a civil war in 2005.



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