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Africa in the News: AU won’t deploy troops to Burundi, South Africa’s and Zimbabwe’s growth forecasts lowered, and Nigeria has a rough week

Africa in the News: AU won’t deploy troops to Burundi, South Africa’s and Zimbabwe’s growth forecasts lowered, and Nigeria has a rough week

At its annual summit, the African Union reverses its position on deploying troops to Burundi in favor of a high-level negotiating delegation

Security challenges, including ongoing unrest in Burundi and South Sudan as well as the mountingthreat of terrorism, dominated the 26th annual African Union (AU) summit held in Addis Ababa from January 21-31, 2016. At the top of the agenda was the creation of a plan to contain the escalating violence in Burundi, which erupted following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s disputed third-term election in July 2015. Since then, both government forces and opposition groups have engaged in armed attacks on one another and civilians. The most deadly assault to dateoccurred in Bujumbura on December 11-12, 2015 as government forces responded to attacks on three military camps by killing nearly 130 individuals, many of whom are thought to have been civilians living in opposition-oriented neighborhoods.

Soon after these attacks, the 54-member continental body declared it would send 5,000 troops to Burundi to help quell the unrest—with or without the Burundian government’s consent—as permitted under Article 4(h) of the AU’s Constitutive Act, which allows the General Assembly to authorize intervention in a member state in cases of “grave circumstances, namely: war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity.” It reversed this decision last week, however, when Nkurunziza refused to consent to the AU forces and stated that any deployment of troops in Burundi would be tantamount to an invasion. In turn, the AU concluded that a high-level delegation should be sent to the capital of Bujumbura to negotiate a peace deal instead. Still, observers have expressed concerns that mediation has thus far failed in restoring order in Burundi since the Burundian government dropped out of peace talks in January 2016 due to apprehension over other stakeholders involved in the negotiations, including members of the opposition.

 

 

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