Soldiers lead the convoy of Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza's party, CNDD-FDD (National Council for the Defense of Democracy, Forces for the Defense of Democracy), during a rally outside Bujumbura on May 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
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Thousands of Burundian activists mourned a murdered opposition leader at his funeral Sunday, vowing to intensify their protests against a bid by the president of the central African nation to seek a third consecutive term.Opposition leaders also said they were suspending talks with the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza after Zedi Feruzi, the leader of the Union for Peace and Development (UPD), a small opposition party, was gunned down in the capital Saturday.The crisis also sparked a failed coup against President Nkurunziza last week, and there are fears Burundi, which only emerged from a 13-year civil war in 2006, could be plunged back into conflict.Burundi's crisis, which began in late April after the ruling party nominated Nkurunziza to stand again in the June 26 presidential election, deepened last week when a top general staged a failed coup attempt.
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