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Burundi to go to polls amid fears authorities playing down Covid-19

Nation of 11 million people has reported 27 cases but has only carried out about 520 tests * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage Millions of voters in Burundi will go to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new president in the first competitive election since a decade-long civil war began in 1993. Amid concern that authorities are deliberately playing down the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic, seven candidates are seeking to replace the incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza, who is being forced to step down by opponents within the country’s ruling CNDD-FDD party. Continue reading...
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