A protester jumps over a barricade during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Protesters opposed to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza called for him to step down Tuesday, defying warnings to end weeks of demonstrations as security forces tried to restore order after a failed coup.At least 20 people died in over two weeks of street battles with security forces before the demonstrations ended when generals launched a failed coup attempt last week.Almost a week on since the coup attempt led by a top general -- which saw soldiers battling each other on the streets -- troops have largely replaced the police to stem the protests.Opposition and rights groups insist that Nkurunziza's bid for a third five-year term is against the constitution and the terms of the peace deal that brought an end to the country's 13-year long civil war in 2006 .
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