Burundi street protests persist over president's bid for a third term

Streets protests are continuing in Burundi as anger mounts over the ruling party's decision on Saturday to nominate President Pierre Nkurunziza for a third term.

Hundreds of demonstrators erected barricades amid burning tires in different neighborhoods of Bujumbura, Burundi's capital, and some clashed with armed police. The military has now been deployed on the streets.

Presidential elections are scheduled for June 26, but political tensions have been rising since the start of the year amid fears of election violence.

Burundi's constitution stipulates that a president can only serve for two terms, but Nkurunziza's party says he is eligible for another term as popularly elected president because for his first term he was elected by lawmakers.

More than 10,000 Burundians have fled to Rwanda, citing pressure to support Nkurunziza.