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KAMPALA, Uganda – Burundi's government is asking Burundians to donate money to pay for elections as some foreign donors warn of aid cuts if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for third term.
Presidential spokesman Gervais Abayeho told The Associated Press on Wednesday that "a political vacuum in this country ... would be worse that a coup d'état," and that elections will happen whether or not Western governments help. He said the government has already set aside 25 million euros for the June 26 elections but needs Burundians to give more so the elections can proceed as planned.
Belgium has already cut funding to Burundi amid political unrest, and Abayeho said France and the Netherlands have also indicated some aid will be suspended if Nkurunziza persists with his controversial bid for a third term.