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Burundi urges citizens to donate money to pay for elections

A man who was beaten with an iron bar by Imbonerakure pro-government youth militia because he was mistakenly thought to be an opposition demonstrator, is carried to an ambulance in the Mutarakura district of the capital Bujumbura, Burundi Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Burundi's government is asking Burundians to donate money to pay for elections as some foreign donors warn of aid cuts if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for a third term. (AP Photo/Gildas Ngingo)

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Burundi’s government is asking Burundians to donate money to pay for elections as some foreign donors warn of aid cuts if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for a third term, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday.

Demonstrators were in the streets again Wednesday, holding leafy tree branches as peace symbols, confronting soldiers and demanding that Nkurunziza withdraw from the elections.

Gervais Abayeho told The Associated Press that “a political vacuum in this country … would be worse that a coup d’

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