Supporters gather to watch the Burundian president arrive at a ruling CNDD-FDD (National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy) party rally in Cibitoke Province on July 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
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Burundi's government and opposition launched a new round of negotiations on Saturday as part of a last-ditch effort to resolve a major political crisis over President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial re-election bid, a source close to the talks said.The crisis in Burundi began in late April when Nkurunziza announced his intention to stand for a third consecutive five-year term, despite a constitutional two-term limit, sparking months of turmoil and a failed coup in mid-May.The two sides also plan to discuss the electoral calendar, with the opposition demanding that the results of last month's parliament elections be nullified.Nkurunziza is almost assured of victory if the polls do go ahead on Tuesday, because of the opposition boycott.
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