African leaders meeting at AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa are expected to vote on whether to deploy peacekeeping troops in troubled Burundi. The country’s president, who is not attending the summit, opposes the mission.
Justice and respect for human rights is what the exiled activist, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, wants for Burundi. In May 2018, Burundians will vote in a referendum that could extend President Nkurunziza's term until 2034.
In an exclusive interview with DW, Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission, was adamant that the international community must stand by Africa in the fight against terrorism and poverty.
US President Donald Trump has told African leaders meeting in Addis Ababa that the US "profoundly respects" its partnership with the continent. Trump also plans to send his top diplomat Rex Tillerson to Africa in March.
An ICC spokesman has confirmed that Burundi's pullout took effect on Friday, a year after the country notified the court of its intention to leave. Some African nations feel the ICC focuses too much on the continent.
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