Egypt votes in favor of UNSC resolution to deploy police in Burundi
Soldiers chase protesters in a suburb near the capital Bujumbura in Burundi - REUTERS
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CAIRO: Egypt has voted in favor of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution on deploying UN security forces in Burundi, state news agency MENA reported Saturday.

The resolution, which was unanimously adopted during the UNSC meeting on Friday, “aims to increase the United Nations capacity to monitor the security situation, promote the respect of human rights and advance rule of law,” according to UN webpage.

“Egypt welcomed the resolution, which came as a result of constructive consultations that reflect the keenness of the UNSC members on the situation in Burundi,” Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Amr Aboulatta was quoted by MENA following the vote.

Burundi has been undergoing a political turmoil after current President Pierre Nkurunziza announced, in April 2015, he will run for presidential election for third term; amove that contradicts the country’s constitution.

At least 439 people were killed in Burundi since April, as a result of the government’s crackdown on the opposition and its supporters, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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