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Nkurunziza: Burundi’s ‘visionary’ leader

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is an evangelical who believes he was chosen by God to rule the east African nation. While many believed the 54-year-old former rebel was planning to cling to power as long as possible — after already pushing through a third term …

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Burundi president promises to step down in 2020

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said Thursday he would not run for another term shortly after he signed into law a new constitution that could enable him to rule until 2034. “I will not go back on my word. Our mandate ends in 2020,” Nkurunziza said in …

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Burundi constitutional court validates referendum result

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi’s constitutional court on Thursday dismissed an opposition petition to invalidate the result of a referendum to change the constitution. “The constitutional court rules that the May 17 referendum took place according to the law,” said judge Charles Ndayiragije after dismissing the application by the …

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ANALYSIS: Democracy in peril

Burundi’s referendum cements Nkurunziza’s grip on power Kampala, Uganda | MIMMI SODERBERG KOVACS, ANGELA MUVUMBA SELLSTRON, JESPER BJARNESEN | The citizens of Burundi, the small country in Central Africa that borders Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on May 17 voted in a controversial referendum. The vote will …

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Burundi opposition appeals referendum result

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | Burundi’s opposition on Thursday filed a petition to the country’s constitutional court in a bid to invalidate the result of last week’s referendum, which is expected to strengthen President Pierre Nkurunziza’s hold on power. Seventy-three percent of voters cast their ballot for “Yes” in the …

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Burundi opposition goes to court over referendum result

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | Burundi’s opposition on Thursday filed a petition to the country’s constitutional court in a bid to invalidate the result of last week’s referendum, which is expected to strengthen President Pierre Nkurunziza’s hold on power. Seventy-three percent of voters cast their ballot for “Yes” in the …

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BURUNDI: Why Nkurunziza is smiling

Burundi backs reforms that could extend Nkurunziza rule Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | Burundians overwhelmingly backed constitutional reforms that bolster President Pierre Nkurunziza’s power and allow him to seek another two terms in office, results showed Monday. Election commission chief Pierre-Claver Ndayicariye said 73 percent of voters had voted “Yes” …

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Nkurunziza: Burundi’s ‘messianic’ leader

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is an evangelical who believes he was chosen by God to rule the east African nation, and plans to do so for as long as possible. The 54-year-old former rebel is seeking to extend his rule with a raft of constitutional …

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Burundi to hold referendum to extend Nkurunziza rule

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundians on Thursday will vote in a referendum on sweeping constitutional reforms that would shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza and enable him to rule until 2034. With opponents cowed, beaten, killed or living in exile, there seems little doubt the amendments will …

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