Burundi: Electoral commission proposes presidential elections be held on July 15

Burundi's electoral commission is proposing the delayed presidential elections originally scheduled for late June be held on July 15.

Prosper Ntahorwamiye, a spokesman for Burundi's electoral commission, told The Associated Press Monday that a new electoral schedule had been sent to President Pierre Nkurunziza for his approval.

The commission set June 26 as a possible new date for choosing members of the national assembly, he said, adding that they are now waiting for Nkurunziza to issue a decree either confirming those dates or possibly setting new ones.

Burundi has been hit by political unrest since the announcement on April 25 that Nkurunziza would seek a third term in office, which many see as unconstitutional.

The capital, Bujumbura, has seen almost daily street protests by those calling for the president's exit.