Pierre Nkurunziza sworn in as Burundi’s president for third term.

Pierre Nkurunziza has been sworn in as Burundi’s president for a controversial third term in power following last month’s disputed elections boycotted by the opposition.

Nkurunziza took the oath for a new term of five years in a surprise ceremony today, announced only a few hours in advance with his previous tenure slated to end on August 26.

His third term has been condemned as unconstitutional by the opposition and provoked months of protests in mid-May when rebel generals attempted a coup, which failed.

The United Nations observer mission said the vote last month was not inclusive, free and credible and was held in an environment of profound mistrust between political rivals.

Nkurunziza won 69.41 percent of the vote, an immediate first round victory.

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