Polls open in Burundi with widespread tension

Polls have opened for Burundi's presidential election after several months of protests against the incumbent’s bid for a third term. Protests have been violent and left at least 100 people dead.

Opponents in this election have fled the country. Thousands of Burundians have left the country fearing widespread violence.

Advice For Travellers

Gunfire and explosions were heard overnight in Bujumbura, and two people have been reported dead. Travellers in Bujumbura should stay off the streets and in a safe area. Many countries have warned citizens to leave this country during this period of political instability and violence.

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