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Burundi ruling party wins majority in parliament as many opposition groups boycott vote

Provisional results from Burundi's parliamentary elections, that were boycotted by most of the opposition groups, show the ruling party has won a majority of the seats.

Electoral Commission chairman Claver Ndayicariye said Tuesday the ruling party CNDD-FDD has won 77 of 100 seats that were being contested.

Burundi has been rocked by protests ahead of the elections this year because of President Pierre Nkurunziza's push for a third term in office.

Protesters say Nkurunziza must go after serving two terms, the maximum allowed under the country's constitution. But Nkurunziza's supporters say he is eligible for a third term because he was chosen by lawmakers — and not popularly elected — for his first term, and the constitutional court has ruled in the president's favor.