Although the EAC has now been thrust to the forefront of efforts to resolve the crisis, there are questions about the ability of the region to force concessions out of the Burundi authorities. FILE PHOTOS | TEA GRAPHIC | NATION MEDIA GROUP
President Pierre Nkurunziza, opposition UPRONA candidate Gerald Nduwayo submit elections papers while former rebel and FNL leader Agathon Rwasa, says he was considering doing the same.
On Friday, UN-sponsored talks between middle-level leaders from government, political parties and civil society organisations resumed in Bujumbura after being suspended to allow officials to meet EAC foreign ministers.
With rival Burundi sides refusing to back down and with violence continuing to spread through the country, the region spent this week scrambling to find a solution to the problem.