Burundi Inauguration: Pierre Nkurunziza Sworn in for Third Term
Pierre Nkurunziza has been sworn in for a controversial third term as Burundi president.
The ceremony came as a surprise, as Pierre Nkurunziza had been expected to be sworn in next week.
At least 100 people have died in protests since Pierre Nkurunziza, 51, announced in April he would run for a third term.
The government accuses the opposition, which says the third term is illegal, of causing the violence.
In his inauguration speech, Pierre Nkurunziza promised to end the violence within two months.
No foreign head of state attended the inauguration.
Burundi’s government says a number of countries apologized for not sending their delegates, because of the change of date.
The African Union, EU and the US State Department have all expressed concerns that July’s election was not free and fair.
The UN observer mission said the election was not free and credible and was held “in an environment of profound mistrust” between political rivals.
The African Union did not send observers – the first time it has taken such a stance against a member state.