• Evidence ‘pointing to Islamic State bomb’ in Russian plane crash

    05/Nov/2015 // 475 Viewers

    Evidence now suggests that a bomb, possibly planted by the Islamic State militant group, may have downed the Russian Metrojet airliner that crashed over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, US and European security sources said on Wednesday.
     
    The officials stressed they had reached no final conclusions about the crash, which killed all 224 people on board.
     
    There is a “significant possibility” that an explosive device caused the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt last weekend, Britain’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, said on Wednesday, in the strongest remarks yet by an official on the cause of the crash.
     
    The Airbus A321M crashed on Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula shortly after taking off from the tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on its way to the Russian city of St Petersburg.
     
    “We have concluded that there is a significant possibility that the crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft,” Hammond said after a meeting of the government’s crisis response committee chaired by UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
     
    Hammond’s remarks came as Britain prepares to host a visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi this week.
     
    The IS group, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria and is battling the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula, said again on Wednesday it brought down the plane, adding it would eventually give details on how it carried out the attack.
     
    Leaning towards terrorist cause
     
    CNN reported on Wednesday that, according to an unnamed US official, the plane was most likely brought down by a bomb planted by IS militants or an affiliate of the group.
     
    Two US and one European official told Reuters that intelligence reporting is leaning towards terrorism as a cause of the crash, but cautioned there was no conclusive proof yet.
     
    An Egyptian official close to the team investigating the black boxes told Reuters that the cause of the crash “is believed to be an explosion but what kind is not clear”.
     
    “There are forensic investigations underway at the crash site. That will help determine the cause, to see if traces of explosives are found,” the source said.
     
    President Sisi has described Islamist militancy as an existential threat to the Arab world and the West and has repeatedly called for greater international efforts to combat the militants.
     
    But Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry criticised remarks by Cameron on Wednesday when the British PM said “the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device”.
     
    Shoukry told CNN he was “somewhat surprised” by the statement.
     
    “This is a matter for the investigation to clarify and we should not prejudge or take any measures that might have implications,” he said.
     
    ‘Stowed object’ on board?
     
    A Russian aviation official said the investigation was looking into the possibility of an object stowed on board causing the disaster.
     
    “There are two versions now under consideration: something stowed inside (the plane) and a technical fault. But the airplane could not just break apart in the air – there should be some action. A rocket is unlikely as there are no signs of that,” the Russian official said.
     
    Security experts and investigators have said the plane is unlikely to have been struck from the outside and Sinai-based militants are not believed to possess the technology to shoot down a jet from a cruising altitude above 30,000 feet.
     
    A Western diplomatic source in Europe said the claim of responsibility by an Islamic State (IS) affiliate, called Sinai Province, was being treated as serious.
     
    “The theory of an explosive device, with local complicity, is being taken seriously. Nothing is proven yet, but it is a real possibility,” he told Reuters.
     
    UK ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft told FRANCE 24 on Wednesday that the Security Council, of which both the UK and Russia are permanent members, “stands ready to take forward action" if evidence reveals that the jet was bombed, but didn’t give any further details.
     
    Blow to tourist industry
     
    Any evidence that a bomb knocked the plane out of the sky would deal a heavy blow to tourism in Egypt, a pillar of the economy that is struggling to recover after years of political turmoil, and would also undermine Sisi’s assertions that Cairo has brought the Sinai Province insurgency under control.
     
    Sinai Province has said it had brought down the airliner “in response to Russian air strikes that killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian land”.
     
    “We, with God’s grace, are the ones who brought it down, and we are not obliged to disclose the mechanism of its demise,” a speaker said in an audio message posted on Twitter.
     
    Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, launched air raids against opposition groups in Syria including the IS on September 30. The hardline group has called for war against both Russia and the United States in response to their airstrikes in Syria.
     
    (DAILYGLOBE with REUTERS)


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  • Economic Slump: Finance Minister fired!

    05/Sep/2016 // 4257 Viewers

     

    THE  Minister of Finance has been fired following a slump in the country’s economic situation stemming from crashed crude oil prices.

    The sack, which was announced on Monday, by  José Eduardo dos Santos, president of Angola come two months after the Angolan government pulled out of talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over emergency funding.

    A statement quoted by Reuters said Manuel, who was appointed in 2013 and whose term had been due to run to 2017, would be replaced by Archer Mangueira, capital markets commission head.

    Over the last two years, Manuel had presided over an economic slump caused by a sharp drop in oil prices that sapped dollar inflows, hammered the kwanza — the Angolan currency — and led heavy government borrowing.

    Like Angola, Nigeria has also been hit by the plunge in crude oil prices and a rapid depreciation of the local currency.

    The kwanza slid more than 30 percent against the dollar in 2015, and in January the central bank allowed for another 15 percent, weakening to 155 against the dollar.

    Nigeria has seen a depreciation of over 40 percent on the naira against the dollar in 2016.

    Angola’s inflation had soared from 11 percent in August 2015 to 35 percent in July 2016, while Nigeria’s is from 9.3 to 17.1 percent within the same period.

    Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi West, called for the removal of Kemi Adeosun, Nigeria’s finance minister over her “gross incompetence”.

    “The finance minister has not only displayed gross incompetence on the job, she also lacks the basic and rudimentary grasp of economic fundamentals necessary to run a critical sector of the Nigerian economy like the finance ministry,” he had said.

    “It is time for her to go now and pave way for a qualified and experienced person to steer the Nigerian economy away from the dark woods it has sunk presently under her stewardship.”

    Like the Nigerian president, dos Santos is getting unpopular by the day due to the economic hardship caused by the fall in oil prices.


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  • Anyone Who Believes Jihadists Will Find Virgins in Heaven is Insane - King of Morocco Mohammed VI

    05/Sep/2016 // 594 Viewers

    (BIN) - Muslim jihadists who kill in the name of Allah are heretics who are destined to dwell in hell for eternity, said the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, on August 20.

    In a televised speech translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Muslim king slammed Muslim terrorists, saying they are “led by ignorance” and in violation of the laws of jihad and shari’a.
     
    “The terrorists who operate in the name of Islam are not Muslims. They have nothing to do with Islam, and jump on the bandwagon in order to justify their crimes and stupid acts. They are people who have been led astray, and they are destined to dwell in hell for all eternity,” he charged.
     
    The monarch, who has ruled the Muslim country of Morocco for 17 years, continued on to say that terrorists fundamentally misunderstand the concept of jihad. “When was jihad ever about the killing of innocent people?” he asked.
     
    “Allah said: ‘…do not transgress. Allah does not love the transgressors.’ Is it conceivable that Allah, the Forgiver, the Compassionate, would order a person to blow himself up or to kill innocent people?”
     
    He added that suicide is prohibited in Islam, regardless of the reasons, and again quoted the commandments of Allah (Arabic for the name of God): “Allah said: ‘…Whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption upon the land – it is as if he had killed all of mankind.’”
     
    The idea is very similar to the Jewish precept which teaches that if a man saves a life, it as if he has saved the whole world.
     
    Calling Islam “a religion of peace,” King Mohammed blasted extremists’ deliberate misinterpretation of jihad. “Jihad in Islam is subject to specific conditions, including the condition that it must not be waged unless for the purpose of defense, and may never be waged for the purpose of killing or aggression,” he expounded.
     
    Any Muslim who calls for such killing and aggression, accuses people of heresy unjustly, or interprets the Quran and other holy writings as a means to justify their own ends are “attributing lies to Allah and his messenger,” he declared, calling this “the true heresy.”
     
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    He touched on the growing crisis of Muslim extremism in Europe, accusing radicalists of “exploiting Muslim youth” by recruiting them for jihad under false understandings of the true meaning of Islam.
     
    “Can anyone of sound mind believe that the reward for jihad could be some virgins in paradise?” he asked incredulously.
     
    “The terrorists and extremists are using all possible means to persuade the youth to join them, and to strike at societies that bask in the values of liberty, openness, and tolerance.”
     
    He referred specifically to a terror attack in which a French priest was killed in his own church during a service, saying that it directly violated shari’a (Islamic) law.
     
    “We believe that the killing of a monk is prohibited by the shari’a, and that killing him in a church is an unforgivable act of stupidity, because he is a human being and a cleric, even if he is not a Muslim,” stated the king.
     
    He added a message of tolerance towards Christianity and Judaism, the religions of the Book, again supported by the Quran. “Islam has instructed us to be good to the People of the Book. Allah said: ‘We make no distinction between any of His messengers’,” he pointed out.
     
    The monarch called on people of all faiths to join together against the extremist phenomenon.
     
    “Everybody – Muslims, Christians, and Jews – must stand together in the fight against all types of extremism, against hatred, and against close-mindedness,” he urged.
    Morocco, whose official state religion is Sunni Islam, is ruled by a constitutional monarchy, meaning the king holds wide executive and legislative powers but is regulated by an elected parliament.


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  • BREAKING NEWS: Southern Port town of Marka in Somalia falls under al-Shabab control

    06/Feb/2016 // 292 Viewers

     

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 6, 2016: (DGW) - The port town of Marka on Friday has again fallen under the  control of al-Shabab militants following the exit of African Union troops and Somalia National Army, DailyGlobeWatch can authoritatively reveal.

    Residents told our reporter that soon after the AU troops and Somalia National Army left the town, al-Shabab militants invaded the town and hoisted their flag. Also confirming the armed invasion of Marka which is about 100 kilometers southwest of the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, Shiekh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab's spokesperson for military operations told DailyGlobeWatch that  his men are now in control of the southern port town of Marka.


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    The blare of speakers  calling faithful  to prayers could be heard after which preaching  to the residents commenced.

    Somali's security operatives were nowhere in sight as of the time of filing this report. Eyewitnesses told our reporter that they stealthily moved away for fear of being attacked by the dreaded militants.

    Recall al-Shabab had on January 15, 2016, staged a pre-dawn raid on a Kenyan military base in the country killing as many as 100 Kenyan soldiers.

     

     


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  • FIFA candidate Prince Ali claims voting pledge from Liberia

    06/Feb/2016 // 148 Viewers

    BY GRAHAM DUNBAR
    AP Sports Writer
     
    GENEVA - Two soccer federations have defied the Confederation of African Football's leadership to endorse FIFA presidential candidates on Saturday.
     
    South Sudan's federation pledged its vote for Gianni Infantino, the UEFA general secretary from Switzerland, Liberia declared for former FIFA vice president Prince Ali of Jordan.
     
    They followed Egypt which promised its vote to Prince Ali on Friday, just hours after the CAF executive committee urged Africa's 54 FIFA voters to support Asian confederation president Sheikh Salman of Bahrain in the Feb. 26 election.
     
    Their independence has again shown that claims of unanimous continent-wide support are rarely true in FIFA elections.
     
    "We are supporting Mr. Gianni Infantino for the FIFA presidency," South Sudan federation president Chabur Goc Alei told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "Any (voter) has the right to choose whoever they want."
     
    Prince Ali's campaign team on Saturday published a three-page letter of endorsement signed by Liberia federation president Musa Bility.
     
    Bility wrote that Prince Ali "represents real change" while other candidates were "not even prepared to criticize" the FIFA system.
     
    "He demonstrated this by standing against President Sepp Blatter when it was unthinkable to do so," Bility wrote, referring to the prince's 133-73 loss to Blatter last May. Days later, Blatter announced his exit plans under pressure from American and Swiss federal investigations of corruption in international soccer.
     
    Bility was himself an applicant last October in the presidential contest. He then failed an integrity test judged by FIFA's election monitoring committee, which did not publish reasons for barring Bility.
     
    Sheikh Salman has been seen as the election front-runner with public support from the executive committees of the African and Asian confederations. The two continents have 100 of the 209 FIFA members.
     
    Infantino has been backed by the leadership of UEFA, the South American body CONMEBOL and the seven-member Central American regional group in the CONCACAF confederation.
     
    South Sudan's Alei said Infantino's pledge of financial support for smaller regional groups was key to his federation's endorsement.
     
    The other candidates are former FIFA official Jerome Champagne of France and South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale. - AP


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  • Liberia President Supports Reducing Presidential Term

    06/Jan/2016 // 330 Viewers

     

                    Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia


    Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said she supports the call by Liberians to reduce the presidential term of office from two six-year terms to two four-year terms. 

    A constitution review commission set up by Sirleaf recommended last year to reduce the number of years the president can serve. The commission also recommended the term of office for senators be reduced from the current nine years to six, and representatives from six to four years. Information Minister Lewis Brown said Sirleaf’s support to change the presidential term to two four-year terms is part of her effort to build a democratic governance model that is transparent and that every Liberian can feel a part of.

    “She has, in fact, written the legislature and she has asked to actually consider amending the presidential term to two four-year terms rather than what it is today which is two six-year terms.  In effect, limiting the president to a maximum of eight years in office," he said.

    Under the current 1986 constitution, the president and vice president serve six-year terms, senators serve for nine years and members of the House of Representatives six years.

    Members of the Senate and House of Representatives can run for re-election for as many times as they wish as long they are elected by their constituents.

    Brown would not say if Sirleaf is trying to set an example for other African leaders who are trying to change their countries’ constitutions to extend their stay in power.

    “Well, if her example is anything to go by, then certainly it speaks to the fact that she will favor presidential term limit. Now, whether she is sending a message to the rest of Africa, I’m not in the position to say. But I know that her entire leadership has been around making sure that Liberia is best positioned, whether it be through economic transformation, whether it be political transformation, so that every citizen feels a duty to their country in the first instance and that we can deepen the institutional capacity of our society to build the kind of democratic governance model that is a bit more transparent, and a bit more accountable to the people,” Brown said.

    Many long-serving African leaders have been using what has been dubbed by some as a “softer, gentler coup d’état” to stay in power by reforming their countries’ constitutions.

    The tactic has been used by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang, Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola, and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who is in a tight re-election fight in polling scheduled for next month.

     

    Most recently, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza won a controversial third term in an election that his critics said violated the constitution. In Rwanda, the parliament removed the two seven-year presidential term limit and paved the way for President Paul Kagame to continue in office.

    Liberia's Constitutional Review Conference approved several recommendations, including a provision making Liberia a ‘Christian’ nation, the election of superintendents of the country’s 15 political subdivisions by the citizens rather than by presidential  appointment, equal representation for women, and rejection of dual citizenship.

    Brown said Sirleaf supports dual citizenship because she feels the country would benefit economically.

    “It is not in the best interest of our country to alienate people who were born to Liberian parentage, people who are truly Liberians. And she used other economic indicators that dual citizenship has had a positive impact on the economy, especially at a time when we need to invest in our country,” Brown said.        

    The Liberian legislature, which returns to work next week from its summer break, will have to approve the term limits recommendations before they are put to a national referendum.

    Liberia holds presidential election in 2017.




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  • Benin votes for new president to succeed Boni Yayi

    06/Mar/2016 // 130 Viewers

     

    Cotonou (AFP) - Polls closed and counting began in Benin on Sunday after voting to choose a new president from a record 33 candidates, with monitors reporting few problems despite concerns about election cards.

    Ballot papers were being collated and tallied across the tiny West African nation, with overall results expected within 72 hours.

    Mathieu Boni, an official from a civil society group which has deployed more than 3,000 election observers, said there was "no major incident".

    President Thomas Boni Yayi is bowing out after serving a maximum two five-year terms, marking him out among some African leaders who have tried to change constitutions to ensure third terms.

    "My impressions are good for the simple reason that, with my departure, our democracy goes one step further," Boni Yayi told reporters.

    Key issues in the election include urgent job creation, tackling corruption, improving access to health and education, and the economy in the country, which is a major cotton producer.

    Despite its problems, largely agricultural Benin, which is dwarfed by Nigeria to the east, has been seen as a relatively stable country in often turbulent, West Africa.

    Benin, an important centre of the voodoo religion that is now promoting itself as a major regional shipping hub, introduced multi-party democracy in 1990 after nearly two decades of military rule.

    - Main contenders -

    Front-runners in the election include Lionel Zinsou, the Franco-Beninese financier who stepped down as head of France's biggest investment bank to become prime minister last year.

    The 61-year-old is standing for the ruling Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE) party and is widely viewed as Boni Yayi's chosen successor.

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    He already has the support of two opposition parties but critics view him as an outsider "parachuted" in by France as part of Paris' continued involvement in its former colonies.

    Zinsou, who in the 1980s was a speechwriter for France's socialist former prime minister Laurent Fabius, cast his vote shortly before midday in the Cocotiers area of Benin's commercial hub, Cotonou.

    "I am not so presumptious to personally give a forecast," he told reporters. "It's up to the voters to choose with the freedom and calm of a great democracy."

    Two of Benin's leading businessmen, Patrice Talon, 57, and Sebastien Ajavon, 51, are also among the favourites, pitching for the top job after previously bankrolling presidential bids.

    Others include economist Abdoulaye Bio Tchane and financier Pascal Irenee Koupaki, both 64, who voted in the northern town of Djougou and Pomasse in the south.


    With so many candidates, political analysts predict no decisive result on Sunday and believe whoever wins in the northern region will determine the overall result.

    - Voters' cards -

    Farmer Emile Sosa was one of the first to vote in Cocotiers, Cotonou, and said lack of opportunities for the country's young people was a major problem.

    "I want the next president to encourage the youth to take to agriculture," said the 49-year-old father of four.

    The first round of voting had been due to take place on February 28 but was rescheduled because of delays in the production and distribution of the 4.7 million voters' cards.

    On Saturday evening, distribution of new voters' cards had not started in two central states (Zou and Plateau) and had not been completed in several of the 10 others that make up the country.

    The head of the independent electoral commission, Emmanuel Tiando, said both old and new cards would be allowed "to avoid any tense situations and allow all voters to take part in the ballot".

    In Zou and Plateau, voting would be allowed with identity cards rather than voter cards, he added, promising that all election material was available in polling stations across the country.

    Voter Franck Tokannou said after casting his ballot in Cotonou: "This morning has been difficult for those who are organising it all but it seems that it's going OK. Everything is in order."


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  • Black box confirms explosion on Russian plane, says French media

    06/Nov/2015 // 232 Viewers

    Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry, AFP | One of the two black boxes of the Russian airliner that crashed in Sinai Peninsula is photographed in Cairo on November 2, 2015

    The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt has confirmed there was an explosion on board Metrojet Airbus A321, French media reported Friday, citing an expert source.

    Data from the CVR that was retrieved from the crash site in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has revealed that there was an explosion on board the flight, reported French weekly Le Point, quoting an unnamed expert.

    “It was not a technical issue, but an outside action,” said the expert, suggesting the cause of the crash, which killed all 224 people on board, could be an explosion.

    French investigators are part of an international team that includes Russian, German and Irish experts on the ground in Egypt.

    The Metrojet Airbus A321 had two “black boxes” – as is the norm – on board: the CVR and the flight data recorder (FDR), which were recovered from the crash site and taken to Cairo offices of the Egyptian civil aviation authority.

    Data from the CVR does not require complex interpretation as it merely records the voices and sounds in the cockpit. The FDR captures data on speed, altitude and steering mode, which typically requires careful analysis.

    Russia and Egypt on Thursday had dismissed Western suggestions that a terrorist bomb may have caused the crash on October 31 that killed 224 people, saying the speculation was a rush to judgment.

    Russia and Egypt insist the investigation into the crash must run its course before any conclusion is reached.

    "The investigation team does not have yet any evidence or data confirming this hypothesis," Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal said at the time about the possibility of a bomb.

    The chairman of the Egyptian-led probe into the Russian plane crash in Sinai will hold a news conference in Cairo on Saturday at 1500 GMT (4 pm Paris local time), the government press centre said.

    He will be joined by the civil aviation minister, the statement said.

    The US Department of Homeland Security announced new security measures on Friday, including tighter screening of items before they are brought on board flights to the US from some foreign airports in the region.


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  • Sisi, Putin agree to bolster aviation security: Egypt

    06/Nov/2015 // 174 Viewers

     AFP | Tourists look out at a Russian plane on the tarmac of the airport in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on November 6, 2015

     

    CAIRO (AFP) - 

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi agreed with President Vladimir Putin to bolster coordination to secure Russian flights and resume them as soon as possible, after Moscow halted them Friday, his office said.

    Sisi called Putin and they agreed "to bolster cooperation between the two countries' relevant agencies to ensure the safety of Russian tourists and strengthen security measures for Russian planes," a statement said.

    Moscow halted the flights amid mounting suspicion that a Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt on Saturday, killing 224 people, had been brought down by a bomb.


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  • Burundi activist's son killed hours after arrest

    06/Nov/2015 // 238 Viewers

    The son of a prominent activist was found dead in Burundi on Friday, just hours after he was arrested, his family and witnesses said.

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the killing and said he was alarmed by the escalating violence in Burundi.

    The body of Welly Nzitonda, the son of Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, an activist publicly opposed to Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial bid for a third term as president, was found on the street of the capital Bujumbura, witnesses said.

    Mbonimpa, who is in exile in Europe, confirmed his son's death.

    Nkurunziza has announced a Saturday deadline for people to hand over illegal firearms or be treated as enemies of the state, in a bid, the government says, to stem months of violence and protests over his election to a third term in office this year.

    The young man, like dozens of others, was leaving the capital's Mutakura district, where many feared violence.

    Witnesses said they had seen him arrested, others said that they had seen his corpse on the roadside, lying alongside another dead body.

    "When the police arrested him, there were many witnesses... we found him in the street alongside a second person," one witness said.

    Mbonimpa was wounded when he was shot by a gunman on a motorbike in August and his son-in-law was murdered in early October in Bujumbura.

    International condemnation

    The United Nations condemned public statements in Burundi aimed at inciting hatred and violence, while voicing alarm at recent discoveries of corpses of civilians who appear to have been summarily executed.

    “The recurring violence and killings must stop,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters, adding that Ban Ki-moon said “inflammatory rhetoric is reprehensible and dangerous (and) will only serve to aggravate the situation in the country”.

    On Friday, a French Foreign Ministry spokesman said the UN Security Council would discuss the worsening situation in Burundi next Monday, and condemned “hateful speeches, including those of an unacceptable sectarian connotation”.

    Burundi angrily rejected criticism of a planned security crackdown, saying on Friday that warnings of fresh violence reflected a bias against Nkurunziza.

    The US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said on Thursday she was extremely concerned that the arms ultimatum could “trigger widespread violence” if security forces started searching homes for weapons and opposition figures.

    Regional and world powers have grown increasingly concerned about a wave of clashes and killings in the central African country, fearing a repeat of the ethnic violence that culminated in the 1994 genocide in neighbouring Rwanda.

    "The language is unambiguous to Burundians and chillingly similar to that used in Rwanda in the 1990s before the genocide," the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank warned in a report issued late Thursday.

    Opposition politicians say they are facing a growing crackdown and droves of people have been seen leaving their homes in the capital Bujumbura in recent days.

    “We call on the international community to send us troops ... Tomorrow may be too late,” said Charles Nditije, chairman of the opposition UPRONA party and one of the few opposition leaders who remains in Burundi.

    Power issued a statement saying the president of Burundi’s senate, Reverien Ndikuriyo, had at one stage told officials: “You have to pulverize, you have to exterminate - these people are only good for dying.”

    “Such dangerous speech and the president’s call for a widespread, indiscriminate security crackdown exacerbate an already volatile situation and risk inciting even greater violence,” Power said.

    Ndikuriyo’s office was not immediately available to comment on his reported quote.

    But government spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba dismissed the warning of further violence, saying Power had “never been in favour of the government’s initiatives”.

    “She has never been concerned about the barbaric acts committed by their friends, the insurgents,” he said.

    Nkurunziza’s ultimately successful bid to stand again in July elections plunged Burundi into crisis, triggering an ultimately failed coup a decade after the country emerged from civil war.

    Critics said his move broke the constitution, though he cited a legal ruling allowing it.


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