Burundi says protests over president’s third term cost economy $33m

The country’s gross domestic product is about $3 billion.

PROTESTS and a failed coup in Burundi spurred by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s successful bid for a third term cost the nation’s institutions and businesses an estimated 51.1 billion Burundian francs ($32.6 million), the general prosecutor said.

The country’s revenue authority has lost 47.8 billion alone, Valentin Bagorikunda said in an interview on national television late Thursday, without giving details on the balance.

He called the protests that erupted April 26 an “insurrection movement” and said cars and homes were burned. Burundi’s GDP is about $3.094 billion, according to World Bank data.

Unrest in the East African nation has left at least 90 people dead since Nkurunziza announced his re-election bid in April, driving more than 180,000 others to seek refuge in countries in the region.

Opponents say Nkurunziza’s July re- election violates a two-term limit set in peace accords that ended a 12-year civil war in 2005.

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