Bujumbura - Burundi's main opposition parties said on Wednesday that the holding of free and fair elections next week was "impossible" and that the result would not be recognised if they take place.
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"The country has sunk into a political and security mess which in no way can allow for peaceful, transparent, free or credible elections. Having an election campaign or holding a vote is impossible. We cannot have an electoral hold-up," Burundi's main opposition parties said in a joint statement.