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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Burundi Sanctions Bite

BUJUMBURA () -- Prime Minister Pascal Firmin Ndimira on Tuesday appealed to Burundians to avoid panic over sanctions imposed on the country, and human rights group Amnesty International accused the new Tutsi junta of ethnic killings.

Ndimira made his appeal on state radio as sanctions by Burundi's East African neighbors began to bite in the landlocked coffee and tea-growing nation.

The blockade is aimed at forcing Tutsi strongman Major Pierre Buyoya to restore civilian rule in the country where he seized power July 25, ousting ethnic Hutu President Sylvestre Ntibantunganya.