Burundian riot police form a barricade to hold protesters back during a demonstration against the president's bid to cling to power for a third term in Musaga, outskirts of Bujumbura, on April 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA
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A top U.S. diplomat was heading to Burundi on Wednesday, seeking to halt escalating unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office, a move protesters say is unconstitutional.Since Sunday, police in the landlocked nation at the heart of Africa have clashed with protesters who say Nkurunziza's plan to run again in the June 26 election threatens the Arusha peace deal that ended an ethnically fuelled civil war in 2005 .The opposition includes coalitions of Hutus and Tutsis.It says Nkurunziza's can run again because his first term, when he was picked by lawmakers not elected does not count.
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