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Defying critics, Burundi's ruling party nominates president for a third term

In this photo taken Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Burundian refugee Jean de Dieu Niyibizi, 27, one of many who have crossed to Rwanda, speaks about his journey and why he fled, at the Gashora refugee camp, in the Bugesera district of Rwanda. More than 10,000 people from the East African nation of Burundi have crossed into neighboring Rwanda amid threats of violence ahead of elections, with many arriving saying they have been intimidated by thugs who support President Pierre Nkurunziza who may seek a third term. (AP Photo/Edmund Kagire)

In this photo taken Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Burundian refugee Jean de Dieu Niyibizi, 27, one of many who have crossed to Rwanda, speaks about his journey and why he fled, at the Gashora refugee camp, in the Bugesera district of Rwanda. More than 10,000 people from the East African nation of Burundi have crossed into neighboring Rwanda amid threats of violence ahead of elections, with many arriving saying they have been intimidated by thugs who support President Pierre Nkurunziza who may seek a third term. (AP Photo/Edmund Kagire)  (The Associated Press)

Burundi's ruling party has nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate to run for a third term in elections in June.

The party announced Saturday that he had been elected unanimously and unopposed.

The decision is likely to stoke tensions in the central African country, with critics saying another term for Nkurunziza is unconsitutional.

Burundi's contitution allows only two presidential terms, but Nkurunziza's supporters say he is eligible for another term as popularly elected president because for his first term he was elected by lawmakers, not by a popular vote.

More than 10,000 Burundians have fled to Rwanda amid fears of election violence.

Burundi's presidential election is scheduled for June 26.