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Burundi tax revenues up 18 pct yr/yr in Jan-Sept -revenue board

NAIROBI, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Burundi's tax revenues rose 18 percent year-on-year in the January to September period, official figures showed on Wednesday.

The countrys semi-autonomous revenue board (OBR) said in a report that it had collected 558.6 billion Burundi francs ($319.46 million) between January and September this year, against 475.7 billion in the same period the previous year.

OBR gave no explanation for the performance.

The aid-dependent East African nation no has to rely on domestic tax collection and modest revenues from coffee and tea exports, after key donors, such as the European Union, cut direct financial support to the government over accusations of human rights violations and a crackdown on opponents, which Burundi rejects.

Last month, the authorities said 2018 state spending will be funded 80 percent from domestic resources.

The rift with donors was sparked by President Pierre Nkurunzizas decision to ignore the constitutions provisions on term limits and run for a third term in April 2015.

Since then, the country has slipped into a political crisis which has resulted in hundreds of people killed, over 400,000 displaced to neighbouring countries and a moribund economy.

Nkurunziza still plans to run for a fourth term in a 2020 election after his cabinet in October adopted draft legislation seeking to change the current constitution.

($1 = 1,748.5500 Burundi francs) (Writing by George Obulutsa; editing by Ken Ferris)