Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza queue at a polling station in Mwumba, Ngozi province, during the parliamentary and local elections on June 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO/LANDRY NSHIMIYE
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Burundians voted Monday in controversial elections amid an opposition boycott and a string of grenade attacks, with the election commission claiming a "massive" turnout despite many stations being quiet.Assailants threw grenades both in the capital Bujumbura and at some provincial voting centers ahead of Monday's parliamentary and local elections, delaying the start of voting in some areas, police and election officials said.On the eve of the election, top ruling party official and parliament head Pie Ntavyohanyuma said he had joined some 127,000 other Burundians who have fled the country, denouncing President Pierre Nkurunziza's "illegal" bid to stay in power for a third term.The only international observers are those of the U.N., who said that their presence should not be "interpreted as a validation" of the process.Almost four million people are registered to vote, but the opposition are boycotting the polls, as they did in the last elections in 2010, claiming it is not possible to hold a fair vote.
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