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Officials: Burundi postpones parliamentary polls to early June after unrest and coup attempt

  • A masked demonstrators stands on a barricade in the Cibitoke neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday May 19, 2015. A climate of fear has engulfed in Burundi’s capital, as President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government cracks down on the people suspected to have been involved in an attempted coup a week ago. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    A masked demonstrators stands on a barricade in the Cibitoke neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday May 19, 2015. A climate of fear has engulfed in Burundi’s capital, as President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government cracks down on the people suspected to have been involved in an attempted coup a week ago. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators call on people to join them in the Cibitoke neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday May 19, 2015. Protesters have been demonstrating for the last three weeks opposing the president's bid for a third term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Demonstrators call on people to join them in the Cibitoke neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday May 19, 2015. Protesters have been demonstrating for the last three weeks opposing the president's bid for a third term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators rally past a barricade in the Cibitoke neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. A climate of fear has engulfed in Burundi’s capital, as President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government cracks down on the people suspected to have been involved in an attempted coup a week ago.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Demonstrators rally past a barricade in the Cibitoke neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. A climate of fear has engulfed in Burundi’s capital, as President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government cracks down on the people suspected to have been involved in an attempted coup a week ago. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

A Burundian official says the president has signed a decree to postpone parliamentary elections for a week from May 26 until early June.

Willy Nyamitwe, the presidential adviser for media, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that President Pierre Nkunuziza signed an order delaying the elections.

The postponement comes after a failed coup last week which was triggered by weeks of unrest over Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office.

Police were back on the streets Wednesday battling protesters. The army had been deployed Monday to battle protesters putting the military in a difficult position as it had previously remained neutral over the anti-Nkurunziza demonstrations.

Protesters say Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in the June 26 presidential election is illegal because the constitution only allows two five-year terms.